Interpretive figurative photography, much like landscape photography, involves slowing down the senses to reveal the essential qualities of one’s subject while simultaneously speeding up one’s reflexes to capture the moment on film.
Carlos Castaneda, in A Separate Reality, speaks of “stopping the world.” His formula involves finding one’s place, as if by divination, and then sitting there, impeccably silent, until the world – the sensations of material time and space – stops, and a stillness envelopes one’s inner being. It is only then that one can “see,” not with the eyes, but with the intuitive senses.
No Photoshop manipulation is involved in the creation of these light-painted images. All of the “work” takes place in front of the camera by incorporating special light-painting techniques that present the subject to whatever recording medium is utilized. While most of the images in this website were created on film, digital technology merely substitutes a sensor in place of the traditional light-sensitive emulsion.