My quest is not only in finding these mystical places — which are frequently just a few steps off of, above, or even under the main stream — but then which chambers to penetrate, which nooks and crannies to reveal, and how to compose and light a scene. Periodically I sense being accompanied as by a force until I feel a tableau before me, which I do not fully see until I arrange the camera and look through the viewfinder a few times; a complete composition might reveal itself entirely formed.
People frequently ask me if that’s “what it really looked like.” No, it’s not; more often than not I can’t see my hand in front of my face because it’s completely dark. My use of vivid color intentionally evokes positive associations; dancing swirls of light add a sense of levity and playfulness to an otherwise disturbed environment.
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