(This project was made at home after having to finish my 3rd year of college at home due to COVID-19) Coming home to finish out this project rather than a studio space had become a challenge, but not after realizing I have resources available to me to continue working. With being home comes with many windows in my house that produce natural lighting, with spring finally here it’d be a shame if I wasn’t to use it. I began to notice when the sunlight would hit some of my household objects, there would be interesting shadows with long stretches and depending on the object in the way of the light path there would be patterns in the shadows. Also another idea I had formed that I further investigated was when natural light would go through opaque objects. I have a large amount of glass vases in my house, many of which have intricate patterns carved into them. The patterns they produce with sunlight through them was a common theme I wanted to play with. Due to my scenario, photographing simple household objects wouldn't be enough to leave me satisfied; pushing beyond that was an opportunity to expand my creative options to photograph something unexpected, and something I may not have gotten back at school.
Throughout the course of this project I kept wanting to push this glass idea. I had my camera be very zoomed in so the frame is coming across as more abstract. With this the shots were becoming more abstract, but more needed to be added. And after thinking about it, I wanted to add water and some kinds of color to the mix. Another element the natural light can shine through, water through glass expands upon my abstract approach and had gotten me excited about the route I was heading in. Then the idea to incorporate food coloring that over time disperses into the water came to mind. As food coloring falls and mixes into the water, more pattern combinations and possibilities appear. With the setup I had come up with of zooming in my camera through the glass of even more expanding on that, the abstraction of this became the body of work I wanted to present.