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At Burst Point #001, 2010
At Burst Point #001, 2010
At Burst Point #001, 2010
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Project Description

At Burst Point comprises photographic renderings of pyrotechnic displays. Looking through the camera lens offered an intimate view into the complex chemical reactions, their subsequent release of energy and evolving contours of light generated at burst point.

This three-month project involved weeks of careful study and observation of the sequential pattern and launching technique employed by the pyrotechnic professionals at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Perched atop a thirty-story building that overlooked the pier, I began photographing the displays, timing each of my exposures to this pattern while often pausing for the clearance of smoke and passing clouds. Inverting tonality of each image further reduces the image as a conceptual rendering of energy and light, generated by a singular event.

The final set of images are intended as an aesthetic response towards a manufactured instantaneous thrill, that has catered to the human population since its invention in 7th century China.

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