These self portraits are primarily intuitive, the result of experimentation to improve my digital skills and knowledge of artistic composition. ‘Contemplation’ is one image and ‘After the Masters’ is a combination of two photographs. For both of them, the primary, is a self portrait digitally enhanced to reflect my interest in self transformation influenced by my emotional state. My production process occurs when I am alone, in the dark, in complete silence away from any other sensory distractions. A large proportion of my inspiration comes from my dreams, I dream vividly and often.
The concept of the demolition derby originated in the United States and is still an exciting tradition. A demolition derby usually occurs during a county fair or festival with ‘professional’ drivers. This derby occurred far more spontaneously, as a privately organized event by local community members in this small town within upstate New York.
The ‘derby’ started as a game of car soccer and when the balls popped escalated into tire pushing and eventually the ramming of vehicles. It was held because a farmers field had been cleared, which provided the space and opportunity. According to the farmer it also did a fairly good job of turning the soil….