Crucible


Crucible

We come to everything with preconceived notions and then life challenges our known ideas with chaos. Periods of transition and upheaval create cathartic opportunities for change. Through suffering and the resultant broken places, something new is formed out of the ashes of the past.

This work represents a cognitive shift, a choice to amplify my awareness in seemingly ordinary moments. I find myself carefully observing objects in the natural world with reverence, almost coming to believe the cosmos has placed such objects in my path to deepen my experience with the resonance of their simple existence. I bring the object into the studio, removing it from it’s original context, photograph the subject, then through post-production, shatter the image; rearranging the millions of shards and remaining forms.

Crucible is about a defining moment and the emergence of something new. It is about bringing a dark and imperfect order to chaos, soothing anxiety through the use of symmetry, repetition, geometric and biomorphic design. As a trained film photographer, this work challenges my devotion to purity, forcing me to reconsider and embrace the changing technological flexibility of my field and confront the ideological boxes of the photographic medium.