Sequence 17/ Out of My Love for You I Will Give You Back Yourself

 

Minor White (1908–1976) spent much of his career concerned with the precise ordering and arrangement of his photographs, called sequences, to present ideal conditions for contemplation and insight. Inspired by the work of photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) who emphasized the expressive possibilities of photography through tonal variations and beauty, and who also created sets of photographs titled movements, White created sequences of photographs intended to be studied as a group. Each image in a sequence, its content, tone, composition, and location, expresseda grander idea, or theme, much like words in a poem. White described the sequence as “a cinema of stills,” however, it is not intended to be understood as a narrative, rather the sequence is meant to be evocative, to raise emotions and moods. The idea that contemplation of photographs could awaken higher states of consciousness and deepen the spiritual connections found in nature was shaped by White’s study in the 1950s of psychology, Zen meditation, and the spiritual teachings of George Gurdjieff (1866-1877–1949). Sequence 17 commemorates his friendship with photographer William LaRue and dancer and anthropologist Drid Williams and their sojourn along the coasts of Oregon and California, and Utah desert.

 

  • No. 20, 3rd movement, Sequence 17, published 1963

    Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1962

    No. 20, 3rd movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

  • No. 19, 3rd movement, Sequence 17.  Published 1963

    William LaRue, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1961

    No. 19, 3rd movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

  • No. 13, 2nd movement, Sequence 17.  Published 1963

    Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona, 1960

    No. 13, 2nd movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

  • No. 21, 3rd movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

    Drid Williams, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1962

    No. 21, 3rd movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

  • No. 4, 1st movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963

    William LaRue, Carmel Highlands, California, 1959

    No. 4, 1st movement, Sequence 17. Published 1963