I realize the word is almost exclusively used by theologians (!) but it seemed a good way to start my contribution to our latest round of “Call and Response”:

Apophatically, if not apochromatically...
Not a flock of starlings in an open sky.
Not foamy seaside bubbles.
Not an easy catch.

These past few months we have all tried so very hard to avoid the trap of literally following the words into a response image. Therefore I thought it time to give everyone a built-in reason to ignore the words – in a manner of speaking, that is.

Some of the work for this next issue has become, for me, a bit of a family affair with respect to bits and pieces of my participation. My oldest son helped me with pinhole-photography setup as I prepared images responding to Paul’s words. My youngest son accepted my request to create little greetings cards using his hand-written & hand-drawn treatment of my blurb above, although he was probably spurred on to do so by my paying him $2.50 per card. And my wife is graciously silent when it comes time to pay for film & photography supplies with household income – mind you, I have yet to show her my picture(s) of Paul’s stash(es) of film…

I must say that yesterday I was truly gobsmacked and inspired by what I saw from Kim and Francis in their responses to Paul’s words, let alone Paul’s luminous image itself. (The “parent” image is always revealed last of all during our sessions.) Not only am I learning about how they see the world and respond to it visually, I’m getting a glimpse into their relationships with language. I dare say the images for the next issue are all coming along nicely…