told me to "hold the camera steady." My father said, "use
a faster shutter speed." My professor barked, "good grief, use
a tripod." At first, I listened, but later I changed my mind. It's
much more fun to move my camera violently, creating a symphonic explosion
of color, light and motion.
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.
Luminescence began in a botanical garden forest, at night, where people
were excitedly viewing a light show. The spectators viewing this show were
having great fun, and I wanted to portray that in my photos. 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 can't believe the color! These don't look like photographs!"
Indeed. My in-camera 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. This project has evolved as
I continue to capture those joyful feelings at dozens of public events that
use dramatic lighting. The colorful and popular gatherings make people feel
good and my Ethereal Luminescence photographs express those feelings in
a unique and memorable way. Enjoy!