Nebula Series

Nebula Series

While the camera is often used to capture the world around us, we know it can serve in other ways as well. Like a painting or sculpture, like Pollock’s unconscious brush strokes, Dali’s surrealist worlds or Botero’s impossibly fat figures, I believe that photography can effectively capture that which is more illusive: visions of the mind.

I also believe that photography should be explored with other mediums if we want to see its continued evolution and further development as an art form. In this project I wanted to integrate elements of sculpture/painting/collage with photography and have it all work together in a unified, harmonious and relevant way.

With these thoughts in mind, I decided on an already dreamlike subject: the nebula. Nebulae possess an otherworldly beauty that I find particularly appealing and had hoped to capture in abstract compositions. To emphasize the ethereal forms, I decided to use delicate, fragile materials that would lend these characteristics to the images. The images took their shapes by using elements of mixed media which gave contour and depth to the forms. All of the elements in each individual composition were then blended together in a photograph and the photograph, in turn, became the realization of each work. In the end, photography did what is does best: it captured the (imaginary) moment.