above: numbers & letters – 2016
around the bend – 2017
waves and particles II – 2017
Light containment study 2209 – 2017
I’m thoroughly enjoying photographing the LED store lights along my commute and I’ve been posting those images here over the last year or so.
Because it’s been so cold in Chicago, most people have left their LED Christmas lights up, so there are a lot of LED lights for me to photograph.
It’s beautiful to see the lights and it’s exhilarating photographing them from a moving vehicle, and like most of my work, other than contrast and color adjustments, Photoshop work has been kept to a minimum. These images were made in camera, which means I’ve spent a lot less time in front of the computer with this series.
Although it’s really fun making these images, there are a always lot of rejects. To borrow a motion picture term, my shooting ratio is about 300:1 – for every 300 or so of these long exposure images that I make, I’ll get one image where all the elements come together in one frame.
Long exposure self portrait – Detroit circa 1989
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.