Pinwheel Images

There is a kaleidoscopic, puzzle-like aspect to the images in this series. I edit, copy and repeat entire photographs to create digital images that reveal new patterns and relationships. For me, a photograph is a building block I can use to create a constructed images composed of many copies of the original photograph. The images evoke pinwheels, kaleidoscopes, mandalas and ammonites. They encourage the viewer to delight in the repetition and patterns revealed in the constructed image.

The process of creating my digital images is, at its heart, experimental. I use a photograph I have taken of a building, an art object, nature or landscape and edit the image. Then, I repeat and rotate the image. Patterns evolve as the image is copied, repeated and rotated. I take great pleasure in seeing a constructed image evolve and come into being. When the circle is complete, I once again experiment with different ways to “finish” the image. I may rotate the image or edit different layers in the image to reveal a different aspect of the constructed image. I may also copy the “pinwheel” and rotate it so that it reflects and/or doubles the original constructed image.

Constructed Images

My images are inspired by Cubism.

Edward Weston said, "By varying the position of his camera, his camera angle, or the focal length of his lens, the photographer can achieve an infinite number of varied compositions with a single stationary subject.”

Cubist artists created a single image comprised of multiple viewpoints of a single subject. In this series of images, I capture “varied compositions” of a subject, and then combine fragments of the photographs to create a single image that presents multiple viewpoints, a kind of “digital cubism.”

The image is deconstructed and reconstructed. When I photograph an object or place, I capture between 50 and 150 images, depending on the complexity of the subject. I take the images from slightly different points of view, over the course of a short period of time. Then, I combine layers, mask parts of images, break the images down into distinct planes and reconstruct a new “cubist” digital image.

The images present issues of place, memory, time and movement. They represent three dimensional space that is experienced from different points of view over time. Our eyes can focus on a limited number of places in a few moments. In this series of images, I strive to combine all of these moments in a single image.