I was inspired to create these images after re-watching classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. When televisions were first introduced to consumers, the technology behind it fascinated people. It seemed like a magical box that projected different realities into your living room. Whether it’s Johnny Depp in a pirate costume or soldiers fighting in the Pacific—staged or documentary—what you see on the television screen are images from a completely different dimension.
Essentially, what you see on the screen are visions from the past. Even live news reportage is simply a sequence of transient images that come and go in a matter of milliseconds. If television can bring us the past, could its receivers intercept images from the future?
Being a theoretical physics geek, I started to think about the “Many Worlds Theory” and other theories which posit that there are multiple different realities taking place at once. The photographs in this series are actually shots of old photos I’ve taken and saved on my computer. I simply photographed these photos on my laptop screen, thus layering 3 different realities in one image: the actual event that was captured on camera, the photograph preserved in my hard drive, and the new hyper-manipulated photo in this series.
Many of the settings in the photos were taken in familiar places, such as the lifelike sculptures at a park, but because the photo is so heavily-modified, it’s not an exact representation of that particular park and becomes something from an alternate reality, a park in another dimension.
This series is part of a larger project (photography book) called Idios + Koisnos Kosmos: Convergence of the Private & Shared World
An image from Your Television is Experiencing a Slight Timeline Convergence was published as the cover of Santa Clara Review’s Volume 103, Issue 1. Shout-out once again to editor Stephen H.
Photographs taken with various DSLR and smartphone cameras. San Francisco is arguably the most beautiful major city in the United States. It’s one of the places where I can find a moment of respite and solitude; whether it’s on the rooftop of a building in Nob Hill, at the Wharf, or even at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Cross-Country Trip, Summer 2015, C-Prints. Taken with Fujifilm QuickSnap 400 Speed disposable camera.
Beautiful Dichotomy is simply a study of light & shadows in monochrome. Selected images from this project were featured in Cross Connect Magazine.
San Francisco is a place of beauty, dreams and sadness. It’s easy to experience all three in a short span of time. I once read someone say, “Sometimes I think I need to leave San Francisco and other times I feel like I need to drown in it.”
It’s a city of dichotomies: lights and shadows; love and heartbreak; worldly success and existential failures. Its jagged coast is a rip in the planet taped together delicately, dividing the hemispheres of the Earth and sometimes the heart.
Decades ago, Humphrey the Whale [a humpback whale that lost its way migrating between Mexico and Alaska, and became stranded in the Sacramento Delta] was lured back into the Pacific Ocean by the Coast Guard and scientists using acoustic recordings of whale vocalizations. They led Humphrey back to saltwater through the Golden Gate Bridge into the Pacific.
I stared at the bridge and thought about how we often get lost in the vast ocean of the universe as we try to stay true to our course.
Humphrey was last seen in 1991. At least one of us made it.
To the Daughter I’ve Yet to Meet:
One day, when you’re older, I want you to walk around San Francisco. You can use the photos on the blog as your guide.
I want you to explore the streets, hills, alleyways and neighborhoods I’ve wandered through millions of times. Hopefully we’ll be able to go around together, but if we can’t for whatever tragic reason, then this little adventure will do.
Who knows, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of me among the faceless crowd.