Not As It Seems

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Babylon

Assumptions... things that are accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.

This current fine art photographic series is titled, Not As It Seems. A series testing assumptions and encouraging contemplation.  What do you see?  Are you sure? We are living in a time when jumping to conclusions has become sport.  We’re quick.  We’re decisive.  Are we right?  Fake news has become an art form.  It’s everywhere.  How can we be so quick and so decisive in our conclusions when so much of what surrounds us is made up?  

No one can fail the Rorschach test.  Why?  Because we see what we see.  And what I see today might be different from what I see tomorrow.  We would never expect someone else to see what we see.  Why is it, then, that we expect others to adopt our opinions on other things… to see things the same way we see them?


The political climate in this country is out of control.  Many of us are downright mad that others are not bending to our opinions.  We are ready to die on that hill.  

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Within my family alone we have parties on both ends of the political spectrum and when there are discussions, I have noticed that no one seems to be able to back up their beliefs with actual data.  We jump to conclusions based on a social media post or whatever our favorite news channel is touting today.  And we are so convinced we are right!  No evidence, no data whatsoever, yet we have complete certainty.  The Covid pandemic made this even more pronounced.  I acknowledge it has become more and more difficult to obtain factual data.  It takes a lot of research, a lot of digging into studies that have been done, and even extra effort to determine if a study used ethical processes.  Consequently, our default is to simply go with our own opinions instead.  

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I want to challenge this.  None of these pieces is what it first seems, the end result rarely being a representation of materials used.  Not only is there alchemy through the process, but hopefully of audience perspective as well.  The series as a whole provides us a challenge, an opportunity to question our own beliefs and judgements. How quickly am I convinced of what I see?  What is the evidence that supports this?  Is it credible?  

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Cornucopia

In order to create each piece of art, I first draft out an idea for a scene or a mood that I want to achieve as the end result. From there, I build a physical, albeit mini, theatrical set which I then submerge in water. I watch the freezing process until I have achieved the desired 'ripeness.' Once removed from the mold, I use strobes and spotlights to light it for dramatic effect and mood. Lastly, I photograph the entire sculpture with a macro lens as quickly as possible before it disappears.  I am fascinated with how water freezes. It can be manipulated by introducing different objects, textures, and materials. Even the rate of cooling can add another layer of intrigue. I hope you find it as interesting as I do!  And I hope you will take the time to test yourself… test your assumptions, and hopefully enjoy the exploration. I encourage you to really look... and really think... and really question.  What do you see?

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Mid Snare

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Indiscriminate

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Octopus

"Ignorance is an enemy, even to its owner. Knowledge is a friend, even to its hater. Ignorance hates knowledge because it is too pure. Knowledge fears ignorance because it is too sure."

Sri Chinmoy
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Correspond

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Lemonade

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Maneuver

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Space BBQ

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

John Adams
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Dhalia

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Good vs Evil

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GLASS

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Looking Glass

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Dissemination

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Bones

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Scramble

"Assuming is a form of giving away your power to another regarding an outcome that concerns you."

Molly Friedenfeld
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Zebra

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Opinion? Narrative? Feelings? Objective truth?

What do you know? What do you see? How do you know?

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Propaganda (all about the base)

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

George Orwell

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Solicit

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Goal

"Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Did you guess them all? Were you right?