With digital macro photography I have been exploring the interaction of light with transparent and reflective surfaces. I consider my photography a series of experiments, a process of trial and error that builds upon past successes through the manipulation of variables. The staged environments I create are based upon light, perspective, and materials. In addition to reflective found objects and dynamic lighting systems, my staging generally involves glass, plastic, liquid or resin. The use of found objects explores the aesthetic potential and unique optical qualities of synthetic materials. Techniques such as cross-polarization, long exposures, increased magnification and optical filters give me a constantly shifting approach to abstract image-making.
In my work, complex abstractions arise from a synergy between man-made materials and the physical laws governing them. For example, when magnified by a macro lens, light waves passing through curved, transparent surfaces (like beveled glass or plastic) form web-like patterns known as ‘caustic networks’. These structures appear in my photos along with a variety of other abstract formations.
Cameras enhance our ability to see and often surpass the potential of the naked eye. This technological extension of sight allows me to manipulate and record latent intricacies of the micro-world, specifically small-scale light behavior. By sharing my vision I hope to inspire intrigue into the patterns and connections that stretch beyond unaided perception and to incite reflection on the nature of the one that binds us all, light.