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In my ongoing series Dream Waves, I delve deeper into images created for my preceding series, Light Waves—Abstract Photographs of Reflections from Lake Superior. While Light Waves photographs retained proximity to the original photographs throughout the editing and printing, Dream Waves takes a departure akin to the fluidity of dreams themselves. I edit in a stream-of-consciousness manner influenced by my connection to Lake Superior’s elements—the water, ice, atmosphere, and light, its varied rock formations, and the gemstones and precious metals embedded within them—as well as my awareness that the ramifications of encroaching human overpopulation are ever-present.

As we enter into a world pervasively both enhanced and threatened by advancing AI technologies, I find it fitting that I am utilizing AI enlargement and sharpening software in creating these lens-based images that depict both beauty and disorientation. Employing editing techniques akin to Glitch Art, I exploit the idiosyncrasies of the digital capture and software programs, much as an electric guitarist manipulates the sounds emitted by strings, amplifying imperceptible details, shaping and distorting the outcome. In some images, the AI program introduces geometric, pseudo-human glyphs into the images, which I utilize to symbolize our impacts on even the most remote and pristine parts of our planet. The final artworks transcend mere representations of the original subjects, evolving into profound explorations of our impacts on our planet, and the inner workings of the medium—a medium that fundamentally alters the nature of photography and thus plays a pivotal role in shaping and redefining the content.

Dream Waves, along with Encroachment, will be shown at a solo exhibition at Joseph Nease Gallery, 25 W. 1st Street, Duluth, MN, August 9-September 27, 2024. Sizes and prices have not yet been determined. If you are interested in a print from this series, please call the gallery at 218-485-0478.