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portfolio : reflections

Over the last year, I took photographs of reflections of light on a variety of surfaces, predominantly buildings and cars in urban settings. The photographs were captured in lonely, overlooked locations that we do not think of as a potential source of beauty or discovery. At a particular moment in time, from the right vantage point and in the right light, even the most mundane surface reveals complex beauty and a quality of depth, motion and meaning.

Literally, these are photographs of reflections of light. But they are also a good deal more. As the world "reflections" implies, they represent a process of searching for deeper understanding and personal transformation. For me, photography arose naturally in advance of important life transformations as a tool for self-discovery and change. By exploring the chance beauty that can be found in lonely and disconnected environments, I am also exploring how we can connect authentically with other people and how we can overcome obstacles to achieving our potential. The paradox that I have found - of intimacy borne out of isolation, clarity borne out of distortion, and transcendence borne out of the mundane - is still a partial mystery and a source of endless fascination.

Even the process of capturing these images supports the theme of self-discovery. It is impossible to obtain these images by focusing on the surface of objects. It is only when the camera lens is focused beneath the surface that these images are fully revealed. The result is somewhat ambiguous - inviting us to travel to another place that is simultaneously uplifting and ominous. This ambiguity is an accurate reflection of any meaningful personal journey.

These images also have a uniquely ephemeral quality. Even though they originate on structures that are perceived as structurally solid, they fracture, bend, and break into smaller particles, often creating a sense of rapid motion. To me, this hints at the wide-open space and frenetic activity that we now know exists at the subatomic level. Moreover, once the light shifts or elements of the composition change, the moment passes and these images cease to exist. This is a reminder of the fleeting nature of our lives and all the things in it that we would prefer to think of as more permanent.

Until recently, my work was almost exclusively in black and white and was pursued in a traditional darkroom or through a variety of alternative processes. However, this current project was generated digitally and in color. Each specific image has been named for the precise location, date and time that it was captured.