Lake Effect Lace Exhibit

 
 

Having spent many years contemplating water, spiritually and artistically, I became compelled to further my

exploration of this essential life element. My first look, deep into the structure of one snowflake, brought tears

to my eyes. I felt as if I was peering into the vast expanses of space, in a reverse kind of way. It has been nothing short

of an intense and exhilarating exercise in perseverance, patience, and endurance. The decision to subject self and

equipment to the challenges and severity of working in below-freezing temperatures may seem crazy.  It is. But it

is an invitation to enter the present moment, pay attention, and experience shimmering moments of communion

with sacred geometry.


This exhibit was held in the Holstein Gallery of the Erie Art Museum from November 25, 2011 through February 25, 2012.

 



The images in this exhibit are freshly fallen snowflakes, photographed with a digital camera connected to a microscope objective, using elongated extension tubes. Lighting is done with multi-directional LED lights covered with colored gelatins.  A final image sometimes involves stitching several shots together to get a whole snowflake and color is rarely changed from the initial set-up. Snowflakes begin sublimation upon capture, making the working time nearly impossible. Temperatures below 20 degrees are optimal, with 5 degrees being my favorite temperature.

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