Contemporary Digital Photography
Fine art photography entered my life in 1977 where I began processing my own Black & White silver gelatin prints. This training was invaluable for the development of my ability to see light and composition. The Digital process enveloped my life in 2000 and surprisingly it lends itself to aspects of photography that took me beyond the limits of being a Black & White photographer. Enhanced color and digital editing make rendering the themes I work on exciting, challenging and take my work beyond the perspective I'm limited to with just my view finder.
I have 3 bodies of work that are inspired by ideas in quantum physics and human psychology.
These striped wall hangings are inspired by my intersection with nature and light. Ocean and Flower energies are powerful life forces, pure, open and giving. My presentation reflects the life force I discover in oceans and flowers from an energetic experience. Much like being in the energy of deep meditation where there is pure grounding and ascending and pure essence. The contrast of elements in each artwork is an important part in creating the experience of sensing an energetic vibration visually and physically.
My desire is to create artwork that generates an experience of the essence and energy found in life rather than focusing on the representation of life as an idea or object. The essence of each piece comes from the vitality and colors discovered in the spaces I visit.
The images are derived from multiple digital photographs. They are printed on archival canvas, metal and paper using archival pigment inks. My life force is always healed and restored in the presence of nature. My hope is that my art will bring that restorative healing energy where ever they are experienced.
“An Identical copy of you is also reading this story but will make different choices once they read it. This twin is you, living on an Earth and in a universe that looks exactly like our own. There likely is an infinite number of parallel universes. Our twin selves could be a natural consequence of our present conception of the universe. Objects that obey quantum rules exist in a "superposition" of all their possible states simultaneously.”
New Scientist Magazine 8-26-10 by Rachel Courtland
My photographs here are inspired by this kind of thinking. The architectural images play with the idea of multiple dimensions, quantum jumping and toroidal energy patterns. Photographic elements are reflected and repeated with subtle deviations in each quadrant. They appear as mandalas or toroids creating a completely new perspective and sense of dimension. A sense of infinity is experienced and derived from one original photograph of an architectural element. The patterning is a flattened version of something inherently 3 dimensional like the flattened matrix of a toroidal energy loop. A true unfolded 2d toroid, called a Matrix, provides something similar to a dynamic "Rorschach" inkblot image. Viewing these images allows you to take apart, re-arrange, re-distribute, and then re-assemble yourself in whatever imagined field you want.
3 images share the space of one print as a visual dialog. Reflecting on thier commonalities and differences and allowing for intuitive leaps of association the viewer shares in this dialog.I transform the original photographs into colorful and textural compositions using the basic foundation of the image as a launching pad for creative exploration. Repeating and correlating patterns flow throughout all of my work. Conceptual, emotional & visual patterns reveal the subtlety, simplicity and ambiguity I delight in discovering in this world of endless overlaping and interaction. I'm continuously drawn into the visual pulses and rhythms of life.
These are digital photographs printed on paper, aluminum or canvas. The choice of printing material has more to do with the feel of the image on the specific media and the effect I'm wanting to convey. The Quantum Doorways are on aluminum and canvas. The Flower Vibrations and Narrative Play images are printed on paper.