I was enjoying a film this evening and in the midst of the film was an astounding shot of a building that seemed to shine like a million jewels in a cave. The film was the non-narrative art film "Baraka" by Ron Fricke, and the building was Shah Cheragh in Shiraz (present-day Iran).
The space itself reminded me of the photographer, Neil Folberg, who published a book of work on such places, photographed in exquisite detail. His images often included up to 40 exposures in a single frame, so as to replicate the experience that one has upon entering the space themselves. He approached photographing these spaces with the same devotional energy that the artisans whom created them used in their own work.
I'm always interested in artists that devote not just a little bit of time, but their entire selves, to their work. This requires a personal inspiration that comes from many places, but a reflection of what is within the artist. I wonder if many creatives still find this possible - not to be "engrossed", which is a sort of temporary phenomenon of extreme attention over a relatively short period - but genuinely compelled to create a single work or body of work with a singular purpose.
Please leave your thoughts!