In 2006, I read a physicist's article about his side project trying to take a creative photograph of superstrings (as in the physics theory of the same name). This poses certain technical challenges, since the average size of of a string is thought to be about a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a centimeter.
Yes, that's small.
So this guy used string and a small light and a pottery wheel of sorts to produce some pretty intriguing photos that—to my eyes—appeared pretty close to what the fabric of the Universe might look like.
I enjoy a challenge, so off I went to my basement in an effort to reproduce his results.
It worked! I was hooked. I took thousands and thousands of images. Most looked like what happens when your grandmother tries to take a picture with your iPhone and partially covers the camera lens with her finger.
But every now and then, I'd create an image like the one at the right.
One of my first images that “worked”, from 2006
The creative process turned out to be an antidote for my always-thinking, ever-whirling brain. Plus, it was a good refuge from being asked to take out the garbage or help Junior conjugate verbs.
Over the years, I have been tempted to "elevate" my process, to invest in "better" lighting or a larger space in which to work. I've come to realize any of these would be a huge mistake.
The whole point of my images is to demonstrate that majesty, beauty, and wonder surrounds us. I use the simplest materials possible: bits of string, scraps of paper, odds and ends that cost a buck or two, and flashlights from Walmart. Everything I capture exists around you right now and every moment... if only you take the time to look closely.
I hope that when you look at my photographs—hopefully in your office, home, or favorite institution—you remember to keep your eyes and heart open.
If you like one or more images, I’d be happy to sell you a print at whatever size works best for you. Please just send me a note.
In the image below you see my copy of Reaching Down—a 48" square photograph—and my Ray of Hope triptych, which stretches over 9' tall.
I've been taking photographs like these since 2006, when I began disappearing into my basement armed with a camera and the simplest of materials: a flashlight, bits of string and paper, and perhaps another random object.
My original goal was to see if I could duplicate an image I'd seen on a magazine cover, one that portrayed the superstring theory. After a few months, I came pretty close.
These are some of my early photographs; at that point, I was always photographing a vibrating object.
All photographs included in the three galleries below are available for sale.
It stunned me—and still does—how subtle changes in the way I move my camera or a light produce dramatic differences in the final image. Everything is connected; photography makes this incredibly obvious.
More recently, I have started experimenting with more techniques: different cameras, lighting, and raw materials.
I'm taking more pictures than ever, and am having a wonderful time stretching my own boundaries.
How to learn more...
Let's start a conversation. Only half of the creative process is taking a picture. The fun part is working with you to create the physical image that fits perfectly into your home or office.
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