Worlds Within Worlds
What is a photograph? Can a photograph transcend two dimensions? Can it break out; move us beyond what we take for granted as "the only", " the real"? Once there, can an image be as substantial to the eye as any three dimensional object we take for granted? Can it be textured, as elastic, as abstract?
john manzi's photographs of objects in nature challenge the eye to explore the possibility of more; of the effect of moving to a different facet of the diamond through which we peer. They open us to an emotional awareness of things, which, though usually missed, exists. And, once glimpsed, spontaneously evokes a very real visceral, emotional reaction.
The objects manzi photographs are important to him because of his incredible love of nature, however, these objects of themselves are not as important as their ability to function as portals. Portals that awaken our ability to perceive things differently. Objective reality remains constant; perception changes.
manzi's goal is to allow us to see the very real world that exists just beyond the boundaries of convention.
All we need to do is look.