A Still Life in the Dark
Exploring my relationship with light and dark. Thinking, Thinking, Thinking.. Traveling through the wormhole. Otherworldly, Transformation, Alienation, Isolation, Immersion, Sinister…Sublime
BACK IN THE STUDIO
Shooting still images. I love experimenting with aperture and speed settings while taking photos. I’m very interested in obscuring and abstracting the view of what I’m shooting. The images are otherworldly and immersive, conveying a mood and state of being involving my personal relationship with darkness and light.
I’ve created still life set ups from objects that are reflective, diffusive, translucent, and luminescent. I thought about documenting the still life set up, but chose not to because I don’t want to destroy the mystery of the images. I don’t want people seeking out this object or that. I want viewers to lose themselves in the images. I want the image to feel transformative and otherworldly. I purposely frame the view and choose settings to obscure recognition of any specific object in the shot. A 100mm macro lens is proving very helpful with this, as it allows me to get really close. I frame the view on reflections rather than the still life objects themselves. The objects are set up to cast multiple reflections on top of each other.
All photographs are the sole property of Valerie Xanos