About the series
These works depict trajectories of flight in and around the Mono Basin in California, captured in the fall of 2017.
These video artworks are created from sequences of images, blended together to reveal the motion of the subject. It's a technique inspired by Chronophotography.
How it works
The process begins by capturing a moving subject on video, using a camera on a sturdy tripod. I then extract the individual frames from the video to produce an image sequence. Then, with pixel-processing and computational techniques, the frames are sequentially superimposed, to make a progression that reveals the otherwise invisible tracks that the moving subjects leave behind.
What's it all about?
What I see in these trajectories are line drawings with a liveliness that comes from directly tracing the physics of nature. The lines are abstract, like that which a simulation or an algorithm might produce. At the same time they are concrete, they are captured representations of physical subjects following their own rich and complex paths through the real world.
It's as if, instead of doing the programming myself to make a composition, I let nature do the programming and I arrange to capture and reveal it.