I’ve made these photographs to better know my place in the universe. Our ability to travel the cosmos being limited, I’ve built a machine in an attempt to observe elemental transactions. I’ve created a mechanical solution to what is a metaphysical problem, forcing basic elements of perception - sound, light, and matter - into a single frame.
These are photographs of sound encountering light as seen through the medium of water.
On one hand, I’ve staged common phenomena and on the other hand I’ve captured tiny cataclysms never to be repeated. I bring you evidence of a minute history, in which no instance is petty and every instant too complex to perceive in its entirety.
A moment is all time, an atom the universe.
These photographs aim to capture the beauty and turmoil that occurs inside the most pedestrian events. Sunlight bounces on water, sound waves march toward oblivion.
The Sound Illuminator is constructed out of the repurposed nose cowling of a 727 jet airplane. Pure tones and music are played through speakers, which vibrate and move a larger acrylic water filled cone. Either natural sunlight, or tone sensitive LED lights surround the basin, reacting to the exact same stimuli as the water. Sound, water and light are temporarily corralled in the same small space, their interactions, and endless permutations are captured through means of video and photography.