Where does the time go...? It's nearly the end of August! Sadly the evenings are drawing in far too quickly... it's been such a strange summer but I'm not ready to say goodbye to it just yet.
I've been incredibly busy but as I sit down to write, I struggle to account for the time. As the days roll by I potter around, see friends and enjoy myself out and about. There is some photography too but maybe there could've been more, quite a bit more if I am honest.
I feel in a strange place photographically. So far this year my Book and my Exhibition have been huge focal points demanding time in my studio in order to meet various commitments. I don't have a specific deadline just now and I feel myself drifting. I think in some ways I have earned a little downtime but I need to make sure it's not too long. As the evenings draw in hopefully in the focus will return (fingers crossed!).
Time for a new Project?
I haven't been completely idle though. The last body of work produced from a single image was 'Believe', a project of which I am incredibly proud but it was time to get my act together and start messing around again. I am sure we all have images which we know have potential but those possibilities remain elusive until something clicks. The source underpinning this next project is one such image; a multiple exposure taken while in India March 2020.
As soon as I saw it on the back of my camera I knew that at some point I would have fun with it. I still don't really know why some images resonate in this way, maybe if I knew it would be too easy to become formulaic, a horrific thought! In simple terms, it has strong lines, shapes and repeating patterns, something to work with. This is the Raw file as it came out of my camera.
While working on the file, I started to see elements which reminded me of celebration; fireworks and sparklers. This gave me a theme to explore alongside the image creation. I could now look for words to go with the images.
It seems that fireworks have an interesting history originating by accident in China when bamboo was used as fuel source. When heated it made a cracking sound. A few centuries later a crude 'gunpowder' mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur was poured into the hollowed-out bamboo and the first fireworks were born. The variety we have today is largely due to a wide range of chemical mixes and their different reactions when heated. I had a lovely time researching all of this...
I wanted this body of work to be a celebration. To reflect my decision to live in the moment and enjoy the life I am crafting for myself. As time rolls by I remember to be positive about the choices I make, to never have regrets, and to grab any opportunity that comes my way. So far so good… it's certainly freeing…
I realise that there are no good decisions or bad decisions, 'nothing is until perception makes it so'; each is a learning opportunity which enriches over time if we give it a chance. So now I want to celebrate.
I have always been fascinated by the ways that we celebrate, particularly New Year, a symbol of new beginnings. Going back centuries we find the Chinese burning dry bamboo, the cracking sound protecting against monsters. Today we have colossal displays across the globe as the clocks turn midnight.
Over time we have harnessed the power of chemicals in so many aspects and without their ability to burn at different wavelengths we wouldn’t have our many and varied fireworks to mark significant life events.
For me, a firework is one of the few things in life which serve absolutely no purpose other than to bring joy. Hopefully, this panel reflects that sentiment.
Until next time...
So that's it for this month. I fear my mojo might be about to go for a wander as I latch on to endless trivial distractions. My goal for the next couple of weeks is to print some of the images in this panel. I don't have much of a reason to print now that my exhibition is almost (but not quite...) finished so I need to remember that I originally created physical work simply for the joy of it. That's a good enough reason, I need to hold on to that and get cracking.
Anyway, please let me know what you think. I will always reply.
Thank you for getting this far and take care
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