“Melody is to music as reality is to photography.” This statement forms the essence of Ralph Gibson’s 2004 book, Light Strings. Depicting musical instruments during their construction and after completion, Light Strings reflects Gibson’s passion for music and embodies his artistic style. A guitarist and photographer, Ralph Gibson draws parallels between music and photography; he argues that “sonic volume creates musical space in much the same way that perspective creates an illusion of three-dimensionality.” Contrasts of light and dark compose his photographs, which often focus on a small detail or repeating geometric pattern. Much as a musician can stretch the boundaries of melody in music, Gibson stretches our perception of reality through his nearly abstract compositions.
Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers… I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led.
Ralph Gibson Guitar Photographs