For my black-and-white still life work I alternate between different types of lights and set-ups since the realization of the idea is cont… Read More
For my black-and-white still life work I alternate between different types of lights and set-ups since the realization of the idea is contingent upon choosing a certain type of light and technique. For example, in the Light Bulb series I employ a technique known as “painting with light.” In the image titled “Homage to Thomas Edison,” I handheld one incandescent light bulb, housed in its reflector and moved it around during a long exposure. Similarly, “Face Study #4” employs this same long exposure technique, however, three lights have been used instead of one, turning each one on and off at different intervals while moving the lights around to different locations to achieve the desired lighting effect.
In addition to painting with light, I often also use the light source as a picture detail. In “Face Study #1,” the two incandescent light sources have painted their reflections onto the light bulb glass creating the illusion that a semblance of face has somehow appeared. My inspiration for the Light Bulb series came from two sources; the imminent reality that the incandescent light bulb might soon be phased out being replaced by the more eco-friendly fluorescent bulb, and from Edward Weston’s exclamation, “It is classic, completely satisfying, a pepper, but more than a pepper: abstract, in that it is completely outside subject matter.” Read Less