My “BENDING SPACE” Photography Series is loosely inspired by ‘String Theory’.
My understanding of String Theory is very limited, but that does not stop me from being somewhat fascinated by the idea: A theory of, in most basic imagery, reminds me of vibrating rubber-bands. And some scientists believe String Theory can possibly explain the behavior of the Universe.
String Theory is very complex and I will not even attempt to say that I understand the complexity of this theory. Being a photographic artist, my main objective is taking the information I do know about this theory, and attempting to translate it into imagery that satisfies my creative soul; and also, I hope my work sparks the imagination of those who view it.
When I think of String Theory, I think of vibrating light bands, waves in vapor, all the colors an eye can interpret, and the bending of space. Could my visualization of bending space be like the ‘branes‘ discussed in String Theory? I don’t know. I can only guess.
Nevertheless, my job as a photographic artist was to, in this case, with this photography collection, to design photographs to interpret a theory: String Theory. How did I do this? Well, I had to have some influence…some inspiration that would spark a process of creation.
Here was my inspiration and process: I was watching the TV show, “The UNIVERSE,” and it was an episode talking about the ‘Big Bang’. At some point in the show, String Theory was being discussed and the graphics used to illustrate the ‘strings’ were these bouncing bands of light.
Bands of light. Big Bang. Space. Light. Color. Yes, the cogs in my brain got unstuck and ideas were churning.
“I like the idea of ‘Bending Space,’ ” I thought to myself. “How about designing a small collection of images that are my interpretation of ‘bending space’ and ‘String Theory.'” I needed two ingredients for my collection of images: Bending Space images, and Lots of Color.
For the Bending of Space ingredient, I photographed, macroscopically, light through glass. For the Color ingredient, I photographed small portions of some of my abstract expressionism paintings. The resulting BENDING SPACE images are an amalgam of these ingredients.
My Direction – My Motivation – The Photographer’s Solution
Proper Interpretation is the solution for the problems faced for almost any type of Photography assignment, isn’t it: An Editor, Art Director, or even the nervous bride’s mother explaining to the Photographer what kind of photograph she wants – that is the “problem” (you can substitute the word ‘problem’ with ‘issue’ or even ‘opportunity’). I use the word, ‘problem‘ because Photographers are ‘Problem Solvers’. Clients have imagery problems: They need a specific image (or images) for some reason. They hire Photographers to create a solution (an image) to solve their problem.
How close did I come to matching my visuals (my abstract art pieces) to the ideas expressed in String Theory? I don’t know: String Theory is a very advanced mathematical theory – it is not based on physical experimentation. Although, I came across an article, http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/09/stringy-quantum/ , where the math of String Theory was used for predictions of ‘quantum entanglement‘. What does that mean? I don’t know.
“DAMN’IT JIM! I’m not a Physicist. I’m an Art Photographer!”
So, without further delay, the eight images in the “BENDING SPACE” Photography Collection are presented, below.