Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy
One does not have to believe in the art of hypnosis to be mesmerized by George Guarino’s photography exhibition, “Pick a Point in a Picture: New Mind Model Works,” which is on view at Uncommon Grounds in Albany through the end of June.
Not everyone will see these surrealistic photos in the same way, shot with Guarino’s simple Canon point and shoot camera. Each of the 30 digital photo collages is a composite of three different images – the left side representing the conscious mind (with its plans, lists and decisions); the center section delves into the subconscious mind (with its patterns, habits and belief system); and to the right-hand side is the unconscious mind (regulating our existence with our heart and breathing patterns).
Mostly, what Guarino would like the viewer to do is to get comfortable, and find a spot in one photograph, and allow oneself to relax, and sink into it. Find that small spot of peace.