I've been thinking about my take on art and congruence again, and I can't stop thinking about emotion. My favorite pieces (and the ones I get the most comments on) are the ones where the image crystallizes a moment. There's definitely some skill involved, but it's also about the artist harnessing the emotion in the moment.
The image above was taken four years ago in Harlem after a great weekend spent with my sister-in-law, Lindsay. We were happy, exhausted, and having a nice conversation as we waited for the next train. Ferris and I had been trying to get pregnant for a year so I was feeling sort of dark and restless for the next chapter. Lindsay and I talked a lot about that...she listened and held my hand. She was also nearing several crossroads in her personal and professional life. Turns out, she was on the cusp of great opportunities. It also turns out, I was pregnant and didn't know it yet. In a way, I think the image captures that looming, dark-to-light, kinetic feeling that something is about to happen...someone is about to go somewhere.
Most of the time, we look at good art and can't put our finger on exactly why it moves us. Sometimes we can identify how it makes us feel, but sometimes we're left just feeling...something...anything. I'm certain it's the same for the artist. They were feeling something...anything and were able to capture it with congruence.