1 Our eyes are unable to register colors of dimly lit subjects. In contrast, a digital camera can collect and thus magnify light during a long exposure. We are reminded of the limitations we, humans, possess.
This photograph portrays a famous rock formation called The Wave in Coyote Buttes North in Arizona. It is made of Navajo sandstone rich in iron oxides, which give it color. The photograph was taken in mid September 2015 to have the constellation of Sagittarius and the Milky Way in the right position. The left wall is lit by a crescent Moon, the front and right walls were “painted with a flashlight” during the exposure. The Wave is filled with waist-deep monsoon water.
3 Long after the sun has set, the western horizon still gives out faint light with rich tones of deep blue. The photograph captures this ephemeral glow against the silhouette of a pine tree clinging to sandstone cross-bedding while the Moon watches over. The reflection makes us aware of the symmetry so prevalent in Nature.
Photograph taken with an eight second exposure at The White Pocket in Paria Wilderness, Arizona, where ancient sand dunes hardened into sandstone of light gray color.
11 Dramatic sculptures of amorphous sandstone serve as a connecting element between the Earth and the Universe, between familiarity and the unknown, between tangible and untouchable. The warm hues of the sandstone seep into the star dotted sky gently adorned with Milky Way as one continues to wonder whether the surreal guardians of night exist only in our imagination.
White Pocket, Arizona.