According to the Sky
“The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.”
-Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics
This project is a meditation on the sea. Personal narratives form with roots in mythology, astronomy and mysticism. The ocean is a link to the cosmos, a backdrop and central character.
We live on a planet whose surface is covered in water and in bodies that are at least half composed of water; we are physically and psychologically connected to the ocean. The photographs are made in the water and on the shore, our evolving human access point where earth and sea meet. This constantly shifting border between the known and unknown can be seen as a metaphor for change.
The photographs are toned blue to reference the natural hydrological cycle and the color of the sea being in part a reflection of the sky. The images are made with a medium format film camera, a DSLR, and archival inks on hand coated hosho paper.