ChromaSynthesis Statement

It was a late thaw…

Snow still melting into tributaries

Feeding rocky streams and waterfalls.

Buds barely open on tree branches.

Tiny patches of green grass

Scattered about muddy meadows.

A black and white world…

Just hints of color peaking through,

A promise of the coming season…

The Imminence of Spring.

This experience of late spring in Yosemite was the inception of my ChromaSynthesis work. I began to see monochromatic scenes with patches of color woven through... not necessarily where color is the focus of the image… it’s more about energy - wavelengths of color in synthesis with black and white.

On a conceptual level, I am exploring duality in the nature of the world - the physical and the spiritual, cause and effect, past and present, yin and yang. By unveiling hidden layers of color (energy / spirit) that underlie black and white material forms, I can illustrate this duality - the end result being a oneness or fusion of the two.

Color makes connections within an image… like a visual path between elements that resonate with each other. Or color might be the softer, restful element that contrasts against stronger, more dynamic black and white areas of the photograph.

ChromaSynthesis is also a way to represent the cycles of nature, with color as the renewing force of life and regeneration. So along with the physical and spiritual, the yin and the yang – these images invoke the endless changing of seasons and passage of time… the spirit of nature constantly transforming itself.

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