Working on my recently updated Online Creative Laboratory for The Arts - the website for my Sensory-Somatic Artist’s work - I learned something about the “reason” behind my “instinctive” and, seemingly “irrational” decision of always keeping my online photography portfolio separated from my other creative work: to keep the balance between my “light” and “dark” work.
Those who are familiar with my work and creative fiats know that for me neither of these terms - light nor dark - carry any connotation at all … no good or evil … just “light” and “dark” … or as I recently realized … work I do by observing and manipulating light - which I call my “incident light work” and, my “reflective light work” … the work I create, mostly in the dark, from exposing the light “reflected” by the human soul.
In the past, because “separating” these two very strong sides of me seemed impossible and unnecessary, I tried sharing the “whole” of my work with one unified online portfolio but, in my opinion, this did not work because … as I just learned, it is okay and expected to tip the balance once in a while so we can adjust, modify, transcend and return to balance but, in order to even pursue this balance we have to identify, appreciate and respect these two very “opposing forces” and allow them to grow and enlighten us separately and on their own terms.
Many years ago, working with models on a series of overexposed photos - technique I’m very fond of - I was told by a fellow photographer that my “models looked like they were covered with angel’s dust” … again, I did not relate this to “goodness” or “celestial” but, it opened my eyes to the idea of the “incident light” … a light “falling” on the subjects rather than “emanating” from them.
After going through some of my “dark” photography work for my Sensory-Somatic Artist’s website, more specifically, The Sensetorm research photo shoots, I thought it was time for me to “tip the balance” and share with you some of these photographs on this site.
The lights will be going off for a little while on my “light site” … stay tuned for glimpses of my dark side on the Featured Theme Gallery.