IMAGINARY LANDSCAPE NO. 1
In winter the moon rises to its highest point in the sky. Its path parallels that of the summer sun. And where the long nights of winter dominate, it is the full moon light that becomes the greatest source of illumination.
Along the coast of the American Northwest, the earth is composed of sedimentary and metamorphic stones pressed within a cataclysm of volcanic floods from 17 million years ago. Great pillars of erosion resistant stone stand as monuments within the oceans gnawing waves. Remnants of volcanic islands whose drifting origin dates back a billion years create a scattered graveyard of geologic time. These oceanic movements coalesce with the force and pull of the full moon circulating this tidal body in the pounding surf that continually sculpts and reshapes the edge of western America, even as it dissolves back into the sea.
This project began after I had suffered a concussion. My vision was damaged. In particular I was senstive to bright light. During this period I sought refuge in nights along the sea. In the solitude under the light of the full moon, I started to photograph again. What began as an attempt at healing, also allowed a new way of envisioning the mystery of the American Northwest coast.