One and the same… The Voice Of Eye = Culture:Subculture Photography = Craig Morse.
Since 1998 I have chosen to become acquainted with the lesser known, the eccentric, the creative, the misunderstood, the marginal, and the disappearing as well as emerging cultures, communities, and individuals in our world.
As a visual documentarian I prefer to observe a culture from within looking inward through patience, networking, social integration, and earning the trust and respect of my host community. I photograph my subjects through a lens that honors a people’s unique identity while also revealing their inner beauty and vulnerabilities as well as their similarities to and differences from global culture. But more importantly, I seek to affirm my subject’s humanity. Concurrently, as a fine artist, I endeavor to make use of the resources available to me while engaging in a process of conceptual play and discovery with my subject and the physical circumstance. For both approaches I seek to visually understand the ambition, the disposition, and the motivation of the person(s) who I chronicle, especially while in the context of a location that has a historical dimension while communicating a sense of meaning and place.
My personal mission, however, is to one day recognize that which connects each of us to ourselves, each other, all that is living and inanimate in nature, and that which is the great unknown. Both during and after my time while alive on earth, I hope that my work will serve to inspire each succeeding generation to further realize our enlightened potential as a sentient and evolved species.