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Statement pertaining to the series "Ethereal Luminescence"

Ethereal 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; creating a mesmerizing, symphonic explosion of color, light and motion.

Ethereal Luminescence began in a botanical garden forest, at night, where people were viewing a light show. It evolved as I continued to capture those feelings at dozens of public events that use dramatic lighting. The people viewing this show were having great fun, and I wanted to portray that in my photos. The first representational images were neither beautiful nor joyful in any way and forced me to do some challenging experiments with camera technique. 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 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. The colorful and popular gatherings make people feel good and my Ethereal Luminescence photographs express those feelings in an interesting and memorable way.