These images are created from reflections of light on buildings and cars in urban settings. They were captured in lonely, overlooked locations that we do not think of as potential sources of beauty or discovery. At a particular moment in time, from the right vantage point and in the right light, even the most mundane surface reveals complex beauty and a quality of depth, motion and meaning.
Literally, these are photographs of reflections of light. But as the word “reflections” implies, they also represent a process of searching for deeper understanding and personal transformation. For the artist, photography arose naturally in advance of important life transformations as a tool for self-discovery and change. The exploration of random beauty that can be found in lonely and disconnected environments is also an inquiry into how we can connect authentically with other people and how we can overcome obstacles to achieving our potential. The paradox that is uncovered – of intimacy borne out of isolation, clarity borne out of distortion, and transcendence borne out of the mundane – is still a partial mystery.
Even the process of capturing these images supports the theme of self-discovery. For many of the reflections, it is only when the camera lens is focused beneath the surface that the images are fully revealed. The result is somewhat ambiguous – inviting us to a place that is simultaneously uplifting and ominous. This ambivalence is an accurate reflection of any meaningful personal journey.
These images also have a uniquely ephemeral quality. Even though they originate on structures that are perceived as structurally solid, they fracture, bend, and break into smaller particles, often creating a sense of rapid motion. This hints at the wide-open space and frenetic activity that we now know exists at the subatomic level. Moreover, once the light shifts or elements of the composition change, the moment passes and these images cease to exist. This is a reminder of the fleeting nature of our lives and all the things in it that we would prefer to think of as more permanent.