As far back as I can remember, the aesthetics of visual composition and the behavior of light have garnered my profound and enduring attention. Whether created by nature or man, their ability to affect my since of self and place is still paramount to my understanding of life. My Light Ring Caress images venture into that transformative realm.
How this series came about began with my need to make more space in my small studio trash bin… it is my habit to crush or cut up waste materials before discarding them and often I throw some of that material onto a light pad just to see what serendipitous surprises I may discover. If what I see holds my attention I photograph it. By chance the objects on the pad on this day came out of the pockets of my favorite jacket. As a result, they were from several places in the world.
For example, the paper doily is from Adelaide and the rubber bands were given to me by a child in Perth, Australia; the large dark blue shape with light blue swirling dots is part of a shopping bag given to me in Freiburg, Germany and the large black rubber ring, I found on the street there; the blue-green wave like shapes were part of an ice cream cup and spoon I used in Switzerland; the green dot and circle were part of a deli bag from a market in Hood River, Oregon; and the pieces of colored tissue paper are from London. I’m not sure where I acquired the other objects.
When I saw them on the light pad their disparate shapes complemented one another and the light passing through and around them held them together in an engaging way. I photographed them then shook the pad to see if the effect still held in a new arrangement. It did, so I photographed them again and repeated that process several times… ending with a series of over 40 images.