Some would say I like to make things unnecessarily complicated, and that might be true. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just press a button and be done with a picture, but I simply don’t know when to leave well enough alone. Take for example my new series Pythagoras… Named for one of the earliest mathematicians (who came up with the Pythagorean Theorem that describes the relationship between the sides of a right triangle.) My images use basic geometric shapes to create abstract photograms. Not complex formulas here, no cosines or tangents, just some spheres, rectangles, pyramids, cones and corneums. And since I can’t just let those simple shapes alone….
- I 3D print them….
- And then I photograph them…
- And then I laser etch those images into an aluminum plate…..
- And then I make collodion wet-plate photograms on top of the laser etched images.
Then I am done. For now…. and I call this series “Pythagoras.”
a video of how I pour a plate (this plate is not laser etched)
You can see more in the Pythagoras gallery