Studying for your graduate exams is most taxing, so to relax, I began taking images with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. It was a cool way to chill but I also got some surprising images. Some were almost painterly in their appearance – much like a Georgia O’Keefe.
Intrigued in my travels, I have taken pictures all over the United States – of people but many of just locations. The architecture has always inspired me to take images that are different from the standard head-on shots. Pieces of time that depict a period long ago or just captures the vibe of the area.
I only have a sense of what the images are about after I have printed them. The selection of the objects pictured in these images come from a place I can only describe as my sub-conscious; I don’t begin with a preconceived idea of how the objects in the images will relate or any particular message the image should communicate, Composed of seemingly random compilations of objects and trinkets from around the house, a clock, cigarette butts, a novelty angel, found at most Hallmark stores, etc. for me, the meanings of the objects change unpredictably when put in combination. It’s no longer just a ceramic angel when pictured with plaster Voodoo death mask. It becomes an evocation of spirit or good eroded by evil. What makes the images in this series most intriguing is how two objects in most cases, seemingly unrelated – come together within a frame to evoke an unpredictable feeling, an emotional response.
After living in New York for a number of years before moving to Los Angeles, I fell in love with the City’s symmetry and natural cadence not found in other cities. There were times when the whole world was silent, even with millions of people roaming around. It was an amazing place to live — one that requires patience and an understanding of mankind.
This video contains a series of images from one of my post-residence trips in the mid-2000s.
Life in the Macro can produce some interesting images. The world under a magnified can produce a whole new universe. Whether it’s rust, sand or gravel, the micro world we pass by everyday without notice, can all the sudden become a more inspiring place to find new images.
The following demonstrates such a world…