Impermanence depicts the way beauty, tranquility and self awarenesscan be found by way of meditation through the lens of a camera and the consciousness of our surroundings. At a time when hate, discontent, and thoughtless words permeate the public, it is important to find tranquility and peace. With the use of a camera, a pair of hiking shoes, and a beautiful winter day the series Impermanence was created. Photographing shadows cast upon snow and meditating upon each organic formation was a way to flee from the bitterness of the world and gather as much serenity that could be found organically.
Impermanence is the newest series in my journey, it speaks about how all things are temporary and should not be taken for granted but welcomed as beautiful visions that should be captured to enjoy before they part. While taking my daily walk on a warm winter day I took my time to meditate with the beautiful shadows that were being displayed onto the crisp snow. Knowing that spring was upon us, using my camera as a tool I captured these gifts to display and share knowing there was a sense of spirit within each creation.
“While we cannot describe its appearance (the equivalent), we can define its function. When a photograph functions as an Equivalent we can say that at that moment, and for that person the photograph acts as a symbol or plays the role of a metaphor for something that is beyond the subject photographed.” – Minor White
Chemiluminescence "Dancing with Light"
Chemiluminescence [kĕm′ə-lōō′mə-nĕs′əns] …as defined by Dictionary.com is the emission of light by a substance as a result of undergoing a chemical reaction that does not involve an increase in its temperature. Chemiluminescence usually occurs when a highly oxidized molecule, such as a peroxide, reacts with another molecule. The bond between the two oxygen atoms in a peroxide is relatively weak, and when it breaks the atoms must reorganize themselves, releasing energy in the form of light.
These light photographs were taken while I watched my Grandson Kevyn dance with glowsticks. I can almost hear his laughter in each photo of the magic that was made. Much like the reaction, the electrons in the molecules of the dye that absorb the energy given…prompting an ‘excited state’. Life is too short… so we should dance while we can and capture every moment.
Dancers are athletes of God. Albert Einstein
Dressed in Light
The human figure has been used as a subject and source for visual inspiration for centuries. I am using the female form as a canvas with projected images as metaphoric clothing intended to unveil the connection between body and soul. In my series Dressed in Light I offer an alternative approach for each model to reveal her inner beauty and sensuality. The replacement of physical garments is created with projected images selected by each model. The abandonment of garments and dressing each model with light projected patterns is intended to evoke a sense of what echoes within the consciousness of each model.
In order to "give a meaning" to the world one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry-it is by great economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression. -Cartier-Bresson
The Holga is a camera, first manufactured in China in 1981, made almost entirely of plastic, some even have plastic lenses. It was an invention intended for the Chinese consumer as a low-budget, everyday kind of camera for capturing family photos and portraits, but has since gathered a cult following.These are results while experimenting with my Holga when I loaded 35 mm film into it. Not knowing what the result would be until the unveiling in the darkroom. I truly believe this was a gift through a plastic lens speaking its own visual poetry.
Wonder is the fuel which sustains vision. -Steven J. Meyers
The word mandalais a Sanskrit term that means “circle” or “discoid object”. A mandala can be defined in two ways: externally as a schematic visual representation of the universe and internally as a guide for several psychophysical practices that take place in many Asian traditions, including meditation.
I present in this series a few of the personal mandalas that I have made with a photographic image. I also offer the creation of your own personal mandalas with any photographic image you many send me or I am also able to photograph this image for you and then create this mandala. Please consider this if you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or a friend.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.