“Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?" -- Richard P. Feynman
These views should be available to everyone, not just me. I intend to accurately demonstrate what a night sky looks like with little light pollution. Thus, my photographs can be used as a “window” to a view we are missing. Soon enough, if nothing is done to prevent the rapid expansion of light at night, there will be no picture left to tell even the faintest of stories. Is that really what society wants, to be swept away in a cloud full of light with no communication to the celestial realm? My photography can provide a link to the future, but only if the rest of the world is willing to cooperate. Let it be an example then, of what we can achieve by exploring what may become impossible — unless we overcome it.
On the weekend of August 21st 2017, I traveled down to Greenville, South Carolina to view a once in a lifetime event. A total Solar Eclipse which took place on my birthday. Weather was clear from beginning to end, allowing me to capture these pictures which simply cannot even come close to illustrating this phenomenon in real life.
Critics claim a picture tells a story consisting of 1000 words. Whomever started that rumor clearly never traveled to the Hawaiian Islands. These images were handpicked out of 8000 raw image files taken over the course of my three week trip to Hawaii. I believe each one tells a story greater than 1000 words.
My adventure began at The Big Island, Hawaii's newest addition. With an active Volcano still crafting new landscape, I was able to see this in action up close. The lava flow pictured here is 61G, from Kilauea Volcano.
I then traveled back in time 4 million years to Kauai. This was the highlight of my journey as I stood in awe on how quickly landscapes changed from lush mountain ridges to dry Grand-Canyon-like ravines.
Following suit I hopped over O'ahu to Maui where I was able to catch a once in a lifetime sunrise atop Haleakalā's 10,023ft summit.
Finally my adventure concluded at the most inhabited island; O'ahu.
In this age, we are consistently bombarded with different pictures of the same subject. What if that same object can be seen and appreciated beyond the visible spectrum? My work focuses on photography taken in the infrared spectrum. Using a digital image censor and a 728 nanometer infrared filter, I was able to achieve images in a gamut of light that the human eye cannot see. This creates a false perception of reality in an entirely real un-manipulated photograph.
Digital photography allows for us to get shots with instant gratification and thus make it easer to compose and adjust settings. Before digital photography, the film world gave us the Polaroid; a way to satisfy that instant temptation while still holding true to everything film.
I have brought the techniques of shooting both film and digital together to bring you my Polaroid portfolio. These are astronomical images taken with a real classic Polaroid camera and film by The Impossible Project. Shots like this could not have been possible without digital advancements, but capturing the cosmos on instant film stays true to the name of the film: (nearly) impossible.