The Garage Series

The Garage Series  1999-2001 / 2006
digital revision inkjet prints are 18x18"
"Frog garage"

The Garage Series was the first of my three photography projects inspired by the music of American composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987).  In it’s initial form the small 3.5x3.5" gelatin silver prints were part of a larger project entitled Studies.  I thought of the the singular garage images suspended in black space as character studies or portraits.   

I had been listening to a lot of Feldman's music and reading his writings and gradually I began to see Feldman's influence in the garage photographs.  Feldman's music often involved the suspension of sounds in space.  He would allow sounds to reverberate until they dissolved, decayed, de-composed back into silence.  I came to see the garage images as self-luminous gems suspended in a nocturnal sky, and as visual symbols for Feldman's sounds suspended in musical space, in silence.  In the garage project, and all of my other Feldman-inspired photography projects, silence is represented by the black space surrounding the images.

The small silver gelatin prints were eventually sequenced and presented in sets of five, both to simulate the experience of walking down an alley at night, and to invoke, in their horizontal flow of graphic relationships, a kind of visual/musical notation.  (Click here to see garage quintets; also visit Studies.)

In 2006 I began making 18x18” digital print versions of selected garage images.  Once the digital garage images had been completed, the idea of making Garage Triads then followed, influenced by the Triadic Poems I had been making as part of the Feldman-inspired project entitled Triadic Memories (2003-07).   I also used garage images to construct Chromatic Fields  for the Triadic Memories Project (see one of these images, below).

        Vine Garage, 18x18”

        Roll roofing covered Garage, 18x18”

        Grid Garage with bankboard, 18x18”

        Skeleton  Garage, 18x18”

        Dark Garage, top tipped, 18x18”

         Old limping Garage, 18x18”

        Garage with triangle opening  18x18”

        Garage with missing tooth 18x18”

         Garage Triads, 15x27” 

      Chromatic Field  (Garage facade)   21x21”


Thing Centered Photographs 
The garage photographs initially were a thematic group within the larger project entitled Studies (1994-2000).   I also thought of the garage images, then, as thing photographs, which was an ongoing body of work, begun in the 1980’s inspired by a particular kind of poetry.  In 2003 I transitioned many of the thing photographs into digital inkjet prints.  To learn more about the poetry and the thing photographs, please visit Thing Centered Photographs.


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To see images and texts for the two other Feldman-inspired photography projects click on the project titles below.                   


The Departing Landscape  2007-2010  

     Other Music-Inspired Projects  There have been several other music-inspired photography projects I've created over the years, the earliest dating back to 1976 in homage to an expatriate American jazz musician.  To see images and learn more about these other, earlier projects visit  Other Music-Inspired Projects.   

Welcome Page  to The Departing Landscape website which includes the complete hyperlinked listing of my online photography projects dating back to the 1960's, my resume, contact information, and more.