This is from a series of photos that I took while I was on my recent trip to Mexico. I was taking long exposure photos of the stars which were crystal clear almost every night. Having that view is a privilege I was truly grateful to have. My partner Brooke was taking pictures with her camera as well. I decided to turn the camera away from the heavens to see what she might look like in the starlight. She was viewing photos on her camera and the light illuminated her in a really special way as the stars displayed themselves perfectly behind her. We did a lot of variations until coming to these two shots. They’re about 15 seconds exposure. As the shutter was open I counted out the time as Brooke raised her hands up and down like she was making a snow angel. I really enjoyed the way that it blends her into the rest of the shadows and makes it all the more etherial. Below is another shot from the same series. Many more shots from the trip on the way.
In the spirit of putting one foot in front of the other, I decided to go ahead and try something new. I made this while I was watching the Netherlands vs. Uruguay game. I had not made anything before my trip to South America. No images were coming to mind so I decided to start with a single shape and see what happened from there. In this case, this is what happened. Something novel in terms of my usual creative process. After scanning the drawing I wanted to color it in a Huichol style. The Huichol are one of the few untouched shamanic cultures of Mexico. The conquistadors never found them which has made for a spiritual knowledge that goes back for thousands of years. Just as amazing as their wisdom is their art. I’ve been in awe of their color schemes for a while now and thought that this would be a good opportunity to study it a little further. You can bet that there will be more of this type of color exploration in the future.