||The name of this site, Through a Glass Darkly, is taken from the King James version of the New Testament, Corinthians chapter 13, verses 11 and 12:
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly."
I first became aware of the line from the movie "Through a Glass Darkly" by Ingmar Bergman. The phrase, ever since, has stood for me as a metaphor for the evolution of individual perception and also for photography, where light is bent through a glass lens and enters a dark space where it is written. A shadow box that preserves the past.
Surely I see the world differently now, and perhaps more darkly, than I did over forty years ago, when I first started taking my pictures. I am no longer a child, and I have put away many childish things. But I have also put away a few layers of nonsense accumulated over the years. Now I also see, in some ways, through a glass more clearly.
"The artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child... as though he saw it for the first time."