Physical Objects

We can generally agree that a physical object is a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow, for example.

Guitar Player 2001

In 2000, shortly after inheriting camera accessories from my mentor’s estate, I made use of one particular gift item called an extension tube (useful in macro photography), and began practising with randomly selected objects in my everyday surroundings. I proceeded by arranging the objects in a style much like props in a theatre setting.

My first study involved a handmade ceramic guitar player as the main character. Staged and art directed, the ensemble was photographed under available light with the help of a simple desk lamp. Under scrutiny, this small, almost forgotten clay figure appeared surprisingly relevant and imposing. As the series evolved, it triggered new ideas. Some objects were reused, while others were cast in different roles, if you will.

Through curiosity born from loss, Physical Objects examines the translation of form from one dimension to another for a more engaging viewing experience. Collectively, the inanimate shapes evoke a sense of purpose or motion — persuaded in part by their geometric construction — and quietly illustrate the notion of tangibility in multiple ways.

Mushrooms 2003

Brush 2002

Decanter Top 2007

Wooden Peg 2007

Gear and Glass 2006

Hairbrush 2007

Incense 2002

Dreamcatcher 2008

Milkweed Seeds 2007

Scissors 2007

Spiral Inspiration 2005

The Roll of Life 2005

White Rock 2003

Metal Clip 2008

Perfume Bottle 2005

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