The new images in the current series include some of Brian Skinner's latest work. As new artwork is created, the images will be added to this collection throughout the year before moving to their appropriate galleries. Following, are a few brief notes on each new work.
Geo #72 (Gravity Waves) is another in the Geo Series, a loose collaboration between me and my friend, George Hoffer, who took the original photos I have so much fun twisting and manipulating. Gravity Waves is meant to suggest the forces of nature on both large and small scales, from a stellar system, to a pool of water—where pebbles stand in for planets, down to the array of particles within the atom. The image also bears a resemblance to a roulette wheel and its sly reference to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
Cloister #1 and its companion below depict the corridors of a cloister, one of my favorite mysterious places, one of sanctity, silence, and spookiness. The cloister here is modeled after that at the Church of the Intercession, 155th Street and Broadway in New York City.
Cloister #2 has also been highly manipulated. I prefer to include elements that suggest a story but which offer no definitive answers, letting the viewer explain what's going on.
Full Moon & Gathering Clouds is a night scene repeated to me in the mountains of upstate New York during many times of the year as the weather changed from fair to foul. While often calm at the ground, higher up the wind lashes clouds across the face of the moon, and in the breaks between clouds, glimpses of stars can be caught. It became a technical challenge to show all of these elements at once while conveying the ominousness of the impending storm.
Evening in Bennett Park was designed as an old-time post card, showing the former property of newspaperman James Gordon Bennett, now a New York City park which includes the highest natural point in Manhattan: the rock outcrop at the lower right.
Midwinter attempts to convey my gray feelings about the long months of winter by using the tombstones and monuments, seen through the window, and the withered poinsettia on the windowsill.
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