This new work has evolved from the process applied in the Still Life Series.
As in the Still Life work, these new photographs are the result of combining multiple images creating a scene not representing a single moment in time. Most of my location work is about establishing a view, setting up the camera and waiting for the right scene to present its self. Whether it be the right people, clouds, or light, I will often wait for hours for the right elements to come together. Unlike the Still Life sets, the subjects of this new work are not contrived, but evolve naturally. What is contrived is the representation of multiple moments within the same scene. This method of building the image enhances my opportunity to express an idea of place.
The ambition of this technique is to assist the narrative. In the image titled “ Michigan Ave Bridge , Chicago 2000” the site was selected for it significance to Chicago . The bridge tower sculpture depicts the 1812 Fort Dearborn Massacre in which the cities first settlers are fleeing the British being led to safety by an Indian scout. The history of this site, in relation to the pedestrian mix, addresses ideas of cultural diversity. At the opposite corner of the bridge the sculpture “The Discoverers” celebrates the accomplishments of French explorers Louis Joliet, Jacques Marquette, Rene Robert Cavalier de LaSalle and Henri Tonti. In the piece titled “The Discoverers”, the bridge tower sculpture juxtaposed to the anonymity of today's shadow asks the question “how will we be represented”. The “postcard” view of the Millennium Park image is a response to the sculpture by Anish Kapoor titled “Cloud Gate” as well as a public representation of diversity and tourism. The granite pillars in the plaza of the Kluczynski Building were erected for security measures to impede the progress of a terrorist act. In image “Barriers” the pillars represent the restrictions imposed on us as a result of this current paranoid atmosphere of security.
This work has been produced using 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras. Large format capture provides digital files that accommodate the production of mural scale images suitable for public art projects. There are a variety of materials available for mural application, canvas, paper, synthetic paper, vinyl and ceramic tile. Photographs to ceramic tile are suitable of exterior application when positioned to receive minimal direct sunlight.
In response to site-specific concerns, through collaborative efforts, work can be commissioned to create that which is appropriate to a specific project.