MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Library is pleased to present "Modern Images of the Natural World" by Ted Barkhorn, the Pareidolia photographer, in the gallery from March 1 to March 31, 2019.
Pareidolia is defined as the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful, image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. We experience Pareidolia when we look at a cloud, for example, and see perhaps, a lamb or a camel or a familiar face. Rocks, trees, water all can lend themselves to pareidolia as our imagination leads us on a fantastic voyage.
Spiritual journeys often find us unexpectedly; a visual trigger shoots memories and recognition to the surface as we reach back to move forward. And so, it was for photographer Ted Barkhorn whose spirituality grounds his modern images of the natural world which will be on view at The Millburn Library from March 1 to March 31, 2019.
Happening upon inverted Redwood roots in New Paltz, New York during a hiking expedition, Ted Barkhorn felt an emotional and spiritual connection to this twisted, gnarled forms so brutally harvested. And so he began to photograph them, and in his camera, they transcended their earthly form to became dimensional stories, human or animal figures telling tales, sometime hidden in mosaic-like patterns, sometimes revealed in as they are in nature yet consistently expressing the phenomenon of Pareidolia.
“For me,” Ted Barkhorn reveals, “photographing these roots, once majestic now tragically ripped from the earth, is an organic process. I look at them and I see the spiritual intertwined with the natural. Like stained glass windows, the imagery is intended to draw people in, to intrigue the eye as spirituality, faith and art all come together.”
Barkhorn’s photography of the Redwood roots is unadulterated, there is no manipulation of the discovery. Color, selected by, he says, “an unseen hand” brings forward a pattern formed by the wood itself. This pattern that’s revealed only by the camera, is mirrored for a kinetic, kaleidoscopic effect. The images remain genuinely true to nature. Indeed, as, Barkhorn wants us to remember, it was Henry David Thoreau who said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
The images of Redwood roots absorb the feeling of the earth, expressing Barkhorn’s passion for the planet and the spiritual reconnection he experiences when he is at one with nature. Growing up in New Jersey he spent a great deal of time around landscapers, finding them compassionate and creative, guiding growth with their hands. After a successful career as a professional photographer, he decided to become a landscaper himself. Interestingly enough, his work is a hybrid of both careers, photography that reveals his own personal roots as he visualizes nature with an artist’s eye.
Modern Images of The Natural World: Photographs by Ted Barkhorn will be exhibited at The Millburn Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn, New Jersey 07041 through March 31, 2019. For hours and information, 973-376-1006 or contact the artist directly at 973-479-6828. Find Ted Barkhorn on Instagram and online at tedbarkhorn.com
Interviews, hi-res images, contact Lori Zelenko – 917 693 8602 – email@example.com @LSZ400. Complete price list is available on request.
The Millburn Free Public Library is located at 200 Glen Ave., Millburn, NJ 07041 and can be reached at 973-376-1006.