Although he dropped out of high school in 1920, after having barely completed his freshman year, Laughlin was an educated and highly literate man. His large vocabulary and love of language are evident in the elaborate captions he later wrote to accompany his photographs. He initially aspired to be a writer and wrote many poems and stories in the style of French symbolism, most of which remained unpublished.
|The Mirror of Nothingness, 1957 by Clarence John Laughlin|
"I did not start out as a photographer but, instead, as a writer....this fact has inspired and colored many of my concepts."
"..I have tried to create a mythology from our contemporary world. This mythology, instead of having gods and goddesses--has the personifications of our fears and frustrations, our desires and dilemmas. By means of a complex integration of human figures (never presented as individuals, since the figures are intended only as symbols of states of mind); carefully chosen backgrounds; and selected objects; I attempted to project the symbolic reality of our time, so that the pictures become images of the psychological substructure of confusion, want and fear which have lead to to great world wars, and which may lead to the end of human society...."
Musica : Les Joyaux De La Princesse & Regard Extrême, Weiße Blätter.
|Clarence John Laughlin, 1941|