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"Imaginal" culminates my series, Metamorphosis, with a photograph evocative of an Imago, or final, winged stage of an insect in its realized form as a butterfly.
There is always magic encircling us: in nature, in one another, and in ourselves. I discovered that magic in the darkroom while creating my first silver gelatin print. As I watched the image gradually emerge—an image made not by ink but by salt, silver, light, and inspiration—I experienced an eclipse of the perceptual filters that too often prevent us from experiencing that mysterious force which connects us and is within us.
This image brings to light the imaginal realms that exist all around us yet remain imperceivable to the naked eye. Using a slow shutter speed allowed me to suffuse the images with energy and imprint a stream of moments onto a single print, revealing a reality in a different form than we usually perceive it. These imaginal forces are real, and they are all around us. Bearing witness to what typically unseen and to beauty bestows us with a power, a reminder of what is within us and what is possible.
Print size: 18 x 12 in / 45.72 cm x 30.48
Limited edition 2 of 5.
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Captured with Ektar 35mm photographic film and printed on archival Kodak Endura, a professional grade matte paper with a luster finish and an archival life of one hundred years.