Often when working with my rock abstracts, I will rotate, zoom in and zoom out of these intricate patterns looking for something to make a connection to something other than the literal subject I am photographing. After all, I see this series as not just looking closely at rocks, but how they have a great similarity to images taken from satellites. That to me implies a great connection in the processes of nature – big and small.
Symbolic titles for abstracts also have me with a bit of mixed feeling. In some ways, I would like people to see what they want to see in them, without any guidance from me. On the other hand, I often see very specific things or themes in these patterns, and think part of the art is in conveying that. I am leaning more towards the latter lately, and if someone sees something differently, then so be it.
This latest piece I have titled “Fracked.” I see a horizon, and a giant drilling well going into the Earth. Then below the surface, we have layer upon layer of geological formation, shifts, fault lines, water sources, connections and cracks throughout. Depending on your views, you may see things becoming a bit of a mess below the surface. Of course red is a very powerful color, and creates one of the main graphical elements here. Red can be symbolic of so many things… death, blood, anger, evil, love, power, prestige, crime, or danger – depending on your cultural background. I think it is poignant how many of those words can be associated with our quest for energy sources.
Of course, the bit of sci-fi geek in me sees the double entendre in this title. If you don’t have a clue what I am referring to, then may I suggest a couple seasons of the modernized Battlestar Galactica series? Bottom line, we better know what the frack we are doing.