Pull on both ends of a rope, it straightens; but not completely. It remains a catenary curve, never straightening until the tension is infinitely great – there is always a curve. Begin at one end, follow the curve with your eye: you dip down into the curve before rising again at the opposite end.
Looking at an object, one sees a surface. To view with intention is to dip below the surface, to see more than what simply appears. If an image, showing a surface, manages to imply what is not on the surface, there is tension in it; the pull between what is shown, what is not shown.
Viewing such an image brings that tension within the eye, in the space between the eye and the image. Approached with intention, images act upon us, change us, grow us.
My intent is to create images that create that tension, reward us with that change; I leave it to the viewer to judge how well I may have succeeded.