Luminescence is an ongoing series of abstract, expressionistic photographs
that I originally created at a light show and continue to capture at fireworks
shows, urban street scenes and amusement parks. Through abstraction, my
photographs capture the drama and excitement of the vibrant and colorful
public places that we all enjoy so much; creating a mesmerizing, symphonic
explosion of color, light and motion.
Luminescence began in a botanical garden forest, at night, where people
were viewing a light show. It evolved as I continued to capture those feelings
at dozens of public events that use dramatic lighting. The people viewing
this show were having great fun, and I wanted to portray that in my photos.
The first representational images were neither beautiful nor joyful in any
way and forced me to do some challenging experiments with camera technique.
After turning the problem of camera motion into an asset, the magic began
to happen and was visible on the camera display as colorful abstractions.
Amazed show goers volunteered their comments. Wow! What is that? This
is magic! How did you do that? I cant believe the color! These dont
look like photographs! Indeed, my images are not intended to look
like traditional photographs. In the end, I am not concerned with the original
subject or even the place, but rather the final work as a piece of art.
The colorful and popular gatherings make people feel good and my Ethereal
Luminescence photographs express those feelings in an interesting and memorable