Arts at the Armory
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As a visual person, I notice and photograph many things; but, my main passion is creating simple photographic illusions that utilize well-placed geometry, including the human form and organic patterns. Read on for an explanation of what my current focus: pareidolia.
Preface: Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, or, the man in the moon. Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst best known for developing the Rorschach test. This test was reportedly designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that "project" onto the stimuli. In the test, individuals are shown 10 inkblotsone at a timeand asked to report what objects or figures they see in each of them.
Process: My creative process for an ongoing series that I call Exploring Pareidolia takes advantage of a live, in-camera, digital reflection effect which produces symmetrical views of everyday scenes and still life. By subtly repositioning and rotating the cameras perspective, while in this mirrored mode, I am able to align the resulting geometric patterns in ways that create grotesque hearts, winged creatures, war masks, genitalia, otherworldly artifacts, and fantastic beasts - illusions that elevate the mundane in a very Rorschachian way.