In the days of the dark room there was a technique called “Flopping”. You can create this effect if you take a negative and print on one half or, in our case, one quarter of the page while not exposing the other half (or three quarters). You then flop the negative over and expose the other half of the photographic paper.
I first saw this technique in the digital age in 2007 in the work of John Paul Caponigro while surfing the net looking at photographers’ work. I thought it was gimmicky. Little did I know that in 2 years, I would be obsessed with this gimmick. Let me digress here – the gimmick has its history in photography. Photographers will try anything to make something interesting with light. Whether inside a camera, outside a camera or with special chemical processes, it doesn’t matter. If a gimmick can make something visually interesting and mentally stimulating, photographers are addicted to it. We can be makers of photography or takers of photography, capturing that found object or arranging a scene, we are just trying to get our next visual hit.
The Mandalas for me were just like crack. Still are. I think I know why. I feel it has something to do with the visual sympathetic nervous system. The brain likes patterns, visual rhythms, the brain likes symmetry – balance and again visual rhythm. I feel a meditative euphoria when looking at these images. I am convinced that my brain releases pleasure chemicals when it can create patterns and form shapes out of visual nonsense.
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