Eyes to the Sky, 2018 - ongoing
In the installation Eyes to the Sky, I evade the rule “Don’t look directly at the sun,” by replicating my own solar eclipse experience. Using whatever camera device available - cell phone, pinhole, or 4x5 large format – I photograph the sun while holding found objects in front of the lens. To avoid damaging my eyes, I do this without looking through the viewfinder. The spur-of-the-moment approach yields expected clumsy results, from fingers in the frame to blurry, incorrect exposures and awkward compositions. Reminiscent of early photography, the project is inspired by the first photograph taken of a solar eclipse, in 1851. However, unlike this historical example, my project is not aimed at perfect representation. Instead, I am interested in how the images function as an experiment in perception, a comment on photography’s abilities and limitations to perform as a surrogate for our own eyes.