What Etcetera means to me
A quick background about the concept of Etcetera: I’ve always admired the fact that one can capture a moment in an ordinary location and highlight the beauty that no one would have been able to notice unless guided by the artist.
Arthur C. Danto once described a work of art that gave him a sense of ‘obscure but inescapable meaning’ and that
‘art does not hit you over the head with a simple message, but gives you a sense that life is not a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It fills you with hope and gives you the strength to carry on, though you cannot define what it is that moves you.’
I believe that the simple things in life that I am able to capture such as weddings, relationships, love, family, community, individuals, all point to a greater picture.
A bigger Artist.
The small art I am able to produce in this short life I have are just fragments woven into the fringes of a cosmic canvas that has been under construction since the beginning.
Every piece of art you see is just a shadow of things to come that points to a greater Reality beyond our comprehension.
And that is the hope that hits my soul every time I stand in the face of beauty.
The hope that this life is not all there is. That we’re not here by accident, but because there has to be a Director behind this beautiful masterpiece called life.
I am just an extra in a play. A voice in a script. A soul lost in a sea of faces.
I’m just an etcetera. There is a bigger Show going on.
This is me and my wife/best friend being hip and all that is cool.
Strip all this cool-ness off and it’s really just a portrait of two souls who dig each other.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – CS Lewis
And that’s the way I want to document you. I don’t want to get too caught up in the venue, the designer brands, the temporary or artificial.
I want to capture your love, the laughs, the tears, and all the in-betweens.
I want to capture the anxiousness of the groom as he waits for his bride to walk down.
I want to capture the ‘just married’ ecstasy in the sunset session after your ceremony.
I want to capture Uncle Bob breakdancing on the dance floor.
Etc, etc, etcetera.
Photo of us: Benj Haisch