In Our Own Images
The Southern Pinwheel
M-83 in Hydra
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We embark on an adventure each time we start a new deep space picture. Like taking a long trip, we never know what we'll encounter. Ancient light fills the sails of our telescope and nudges our camera outward while our mount serves as compass, sextant and full time navigator. The route is littered with obstacles which could end our journey abruptly. For example, the weather and atmosphere can conspire against us- the ship's log is filled with similar intentions that have been aborted. Traveling to the edge of the Universe is not a voyage for the feint hearted. But we are mariners and feel a stellar breeze calling us upward.
Most images we produce are not the result of a short visit. We often linger at our port of call for hours, often over a period of days. This allows us to step out and explore our destination- we gain perspective when we walk into the scene. But like other visitors who wander along other beaches, we, too, leave occasional footprints above the water's edge. It's inevitable.
Therefore, we inhabit the pictures we make because art is a tool for the answers we seek. Our photos take the universe to pieces and put it back together on the same canvas and in the process others can watch us thinking while we are doing it. Until instant deep space imagery becomes a reality, the stars that light the way for the next seafarer are also our signature. We are in our own images.
May 27- June 20, 2006
RCOS 20- inch, SBIG STL-11000
345 minutes Luminance, 120 minutes Red, 72 minutes Green and 162 minutes Blue (All 1X1)