I feel that I have “broken through” a metaphysical barrier in my longtime obsession of photographing phemomena
Fancy: fantasy, imagination refer to qualities in literature or other artistic composition. The creations of fancy are casual, whimsical, and often amusing, being at once less profound and less moving or inspiring than those of imagination: letting one's fancy play freely on a subject; an impish fancy. Fantasy now usually suggests an unrestrained or extravagant fancy, often resulting in caprice: The use of fantasy in art creates interesting results. The term and concept of creative imagination are less than two hundred years old; previously only the reproductive aspect had been recognized, hardly to be distinguished from memory. “Creative imagination” suggests that the memories of actual sights and experiences may so blend in the mind of the writer or artist as to produce something that has never existed before—often a hitherto unperceived vision of reality: to use imagination in portraying character and action. 3. thought, notion, impression, idea; phantasm. 5. quirk, humor, crotchet. 11. fine, elegant, choice. 12. decorated, ornate. 16. envision, conceive, imagine.
I call this work thaumaturgy* because of its magical component, particularly when I fuse the portraits of the spirits that I photograph resulting in their magical expressions that I have no control over other than to have selected and photographed the original spirits themselves.
They show all are interconnected and can fit together harmoniously..
*Magic - In the 16th century, the word thaumaturgy entered the English language meaning miraculous or magical powers. The word was first anglicized and used in the magical sense in John Dee's book Mathematicall Praeface to Euclid's Elements (1570). He mentions an "art mathematical" called "thaumaturgy... which giveth certain order to make strange works, of the sense to be perceived and of men greatly to be wondered at". in refracted color and light and am now somehow communing with those I have learned to recognize after a decade of “seeing” them, now revealing themselves to me as this project develops. They seem to be in another dimension looking out, which one can appreciate through their portraits, their consorts, menageries and the fascinating interplay of color, light and shadow in the magnificent designs that thaumaturgically emanate from their fusion.
These are straight photographs of images that did not exist except for the auspicious situation that generated their momentary illusions.
They are simply photographs of pure color and light that thaumaturgically arrange themselves into fascinating patterns
and grand designs that showcase it in what I refer to as a FATA MORGANA.
iThe word thaumaturge was first anglicized and used in the magical sense in John Dee's book
Mathematicall Praeface to Euclid's Elements (1570). He mentions an "art mathematical"
called "thaumaturgy... which giveth certain order to make strange works,
of the sense to be perceived and of men greatly to be wondered at."
GO FULL SCREEN, ENLARGE IMAGES (COMMAND + ON A MAC) AND SCROLL SLOWLY. IMAGERY CHANGES WITH DISTANCE AND THROUGH SQUINTED EYES.