Reboot 2018: The Intersection of “What Is” and “What If”

If you’ve been following this blog, you might have noticed that I’ve been on hiatus for the past four months.  During that time, I’ve been regrouping as I expand my work from traditional photography into abstracts and composites. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea of taking and making images of both the world “as seen” and the world reimagined.  My official artist statement sums up where I am now on my photographic journey:

My photography lies at the intersection of “what is” and “what if.” I’m inspired by the opportunity to capture the magic hidden within the mundane and the extraordinary within the ordinary—a passerby on the street caught up in a poignant moment, a view that captures the first ray of light breaking over a mountain ridge, or the perfect harmony of water drops on a spider’s web after a gentle rainfall.

In addition to taking and making traditional photographs, I create composite “microscapes” and abstracts that fuse natural and human made elements into surreal and imaginary worlds, presented in print and multimedia formats. Each piece is designed to be a journey filled with mystery, suspense, and surprise as viewers navigate between predictable and unpredictable elements, seeing their immediate environments through a new and unique lens.

My new business card captures the essence of working in both the traditional and composite/abstract realms.

I call the image on my card “Alter Ego.” It’s a tight shot of a sculpture piece that sits on my front porch. The piece is a bird-like creature cleverly made from gardening tools that have been welded together and painted. The photo is based on numerous close up shots that were combined through a technique called “focus stacking.”

Here’s the non-traditional twist: once I’d photographed and processed the sculpture piece, I created and implanted a “digital eye” in each empty socket. The eyes are actually a circular circuit board that I placed in front of an LED light source that shines through the wire holes along the periphery. I used various Photoshop filters to create a “lens” with a weathered, scratched look that complements the rusted eye sockets that surround them. Every day when I walk out the front door, I  do a double take as I look at the sculpture piece “as is” and as reimagined in my mind’s eye.

Stay tuned for more examples of my latest traditional and non-traditional photo work.

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