I exhale and molecules that once comprised my flesh are thrown forth.
Carbon atoms forged in the furnaces of ancient stars,
borrowed to build what stands before you,
now recycled to the air,
possibly to become flesh again.
I complete and am completed.
In my work, form does not follow function. I do not come up with a concept or message and then form a photograph around it. In stead, I prefer to explore a particular medium or technique to see what comes of it in the final image. Sometimes a concept becomes obvious in the photograph and I will work and explore that idea. In some cases the results change the direction of the technique.
In these images, I am photographing the reflection of Mara in mylar, using a long exposure. She is lit by both strobe (flash) and constant incandescent light. The result is a double image, made more etherial by the movement of the mylar. The moving, blurred image from the incandescent lighting is suggestive of vapor or a gas. Our bodies are in a constant state of recycle, as we break down food and tissue and metabolize it to carbon dioxide. That carbon is absorbed and fixed by plants only to be ingested again as part of a constant cycle that has occurred since the beginning of time.
Lucas James is a fine art photographer in Manchester, NH. Anisotropic Images Photography.