Space Corn (Fisherman’s Wharf), 2014
Archival inkjet print, 7.25 x 10.88 inches
I constructed this image out of pictures I took with my dslr camera’s lens removed. I think of each picture in the grid as a cross section of the color fields traveling between the object I’m looking at and my eye. These rays of light are always present—in fact they enable us to see—but they are not often the subject of focus. I printed the pictures at the actual size of the image sensor that captured them in order to faithfully translate small slices of space into something fixed and tangible.
The collection of images came from an unusually sunny day at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. By repeating and mirroring the images, I am referring to the way that light surrounds us at any given time and informs our sense of place. The imperfections in the alignment of the grid and the illusion of dimension created by the color gradients reminded me of corn kernels. Hence the name, Space Corn.