As an artist, I am challenged with confronting the complexity of daily visual imagery that our brains often attempt to simplify. Working with photographic optics allows me to envisage this myriad of content in such a manner that we can experience dense, layered information within each individual frame.
The complexity of the non-manipulated images (produced ‘in camera’) featured in the series “Beyond the Surface” stems from my experience with medical imaging: how X-rays and fluoroscopy reveal multiple layers in a 2-dimensional space, permitting the elucidation of unseen internal processes and structures. In an analogous manner, the photographs illustrate the phenomenon of concurrent experiences and perceptions. They explore the concept of simultaneity, that synchronous observations are not absolute but depend on one’s perceptions and frame of reference, highlighting the subjective and ambiguous nature of reality.
My photographs are influenced by my subliminal mind, past, and emotions; they mirror the fragmented and conflictual nature of emotional experience. The process of making photographs for me, is mindful; I find myself deeply in the moment of observation, connecting with a powerful visual experience. The visual complexity and process of serendipity are inspirations for my photography through which I hope the viewer will consider what is real, what is constructed, and what is imagined.
Philip Sager fine art photographer who lives in San Francisco. His work is in private collections and has been shown in multiple galleries. He produces limited-editioned archival pigment prints on paper (POR).