Two things changed my life a few years ago, the iPad and Quantum Physics. The iPad became the tool, the magic wand, so to speak, that would finally allow me to create the visions and ideas in my head, within a single medium. Quantum Physics, well, it confirmed for me, things I had known and believed since I was a very small child, but could never fully verbalized, and taught me many new things as well, that dramatically altered how I see the world, and more importantly, how I look through the camera.
Consciousness tells us, that our eyes are taking in billions of pieces of information every single second. We are bombarded. However, our brains are only capable of deciphering a minute fraction of what we are receiving. Quantum Physics tells us, that an infinite number of realities exist simultaneously, but then as each of us act as our own observer, we crush those realities down into a single believable reality, it is called the theory of Wave Function Collapse. That got me thinking, how much are we not even aware of going on around us? What is happening in these other realities, around us, to us, that we can't see, because we don't believe we can see it?
My work has been exploring these questions over the last seven years through macro photography of complete complex worlds within our frame of reality, namely insects, which we can readily believe in, and then in my emotionally driven Nature Mandalas, taken from my nature photographs and altered, which are meant to be meditative visions of one of the realities going on all around us, that we probably are not believing of. I consider these to be Divine images, and that even though they are altered images, they are no less "real", simply another visual representation of another reality. They are created using one or more mathematically based formulas: fractal, kaleidoscope, Droste effect, and the Golden Ratio which is found in all of nature, whether it be how trees grow, how water flows, how minerals fracture, how a snail shells spiral, how birds fly, how fish swim, how insects carry huge loads, or how humans and other mammals are able to to function without falling over. My goal in this current work is to bring awareness to the connectedness of the the world and ourselves, that the divine in life is not the exclusive right of human beings, but that everything is divine and precious and necessary, even if you don't like it, even if it is too small to see, or outside of field of reality, and that everything we do, in fact, affects everything else, and so in turn, will return to affect us. None of us can escape The Butterfly Effect, and so must think carefully, about even the smallest of actions, and what their larger ramifications might be.
Western Honey Bee (Critical Symbiosis)
Golden Light (Fractal Of Western Honey Bee)
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly
Purple Streak (Fractal Of Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly)
Blue Dasher Dragonflies
Dashing Through Reality (Fractal Of Blue Dasher Dragonflies)
Flame Skimmer Dragonfly
Flame Skimmer DNA #2 (Fractal Of Flame Skimmer Dragonfly)
Messenger (Fractal Of Costa's Hummingbird)
Conspiracy (Fractal Of Raven)
Lipstick Koi (Space Koi)
Coy Koi (Fractal Of Lipstick Koi)
Crescent Moon (Cheshire Grin)
Fly Me To The Moon (Fractal Of The Crescent Moon)
Semi-Precious Stone Slabs
Clowning Around (Fractal Of Semi-Precious Stone Slabs)
Sacred Circle (Fractal Of Sacred Lotus)
In The Beginning (Fractal Of Joshua Tree)
Twenty-Five Versions Of Iris (Fractal Of Iris)
Twenty-Five Versions Of Yucca (Fractal Of Yucca)
What My Eyes Have Seen (Fractal Of My Self Portrait)
Going The Way Of The Dinosaur
Much of my recent work has been focused on raising awareness of the plight of our pollinators, most importantly, the bee. There are over 20,000 species of bees, some are solitary, others are communal, but all of them, despite their small stature, provide a critical function in the larger world. We should all be judged by how we treat the smallest of creatures. Thinking we know better than nature herself, is an arrogance we can ill afford, and our exploitation of the bee through genetics, our enslavement of them through transport, and our disregard for them through pesticides, needs to stop. If you have not been informed regarding Colony Collapse, I urge you to do so. Rather than stuff this down people's throats, I decided on a new approach. In my yard lives a natural bee colony. I first noticed them a decade ago, and since then, I have photographed them, and simply observed them. I use their presence to monitor the health of my yard, nothing more. I rescue them when they are drowning in the dog water dish, and lay them in the sun to dry, I speak to them, and yes, I respect them. In my house, lives a box of dinosaurs. They began coming to me about five years ago, and I started photographing them as well. They have names, and they have traveled more than some people. As a collective, they are known as Team Dino. One day I was snapping away in my yard, and had a very simple thought, "The bees are going the way of the dinosaur, if we don't change things fast." Voila. I wanted to show, that these two very different creatures, so very different in size will indeed come to share the same fate, if we do not change our ways. The images are whimsical in nature, because my hope was that if they were easy, even fun to look at, then it would be a better reminder to people on a daily basis, of their responsibility to caretake the world. These are my bees, and these are my dinosaurs, and they are together in the same frame, without any outside editing help. How do I accomplish that, you say? Guess. Stay tuned for more of Team Dino and their bee friends.
If you have seen my fractal work, you might be able to understand how the concept of infinite possibilities, might lend itself to a variety of experiments and explorations of visual interpretations. I sought to explore ways to still speak to my need of showing connectedness in my work, but offering a more recognizable image for the viewer. Maybe I should call it “Fractal Lite”. These images created here, still hold to honoring sacred geometry, the Golden Ratio, and apply many of the same mathematical and scientific principles, but with an entirely new outcome.
Live Painting At The Joshua Tree Music Festival
Twice a year I “Live Paint” at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. I choose to paint in the style of Aboriginal Dot Painting. I think of the Aborigines as the first Quantum Physicists. Dreamtime. I see them as Dream Walkers, sharing times and places, simultaneously. This style of painting allows me to maintain the core of my work, but express it within another medium. The same, but different. every painting becomes it’s own journey, every one sings it’s own song.