When asked recently about his abstract photography series “Alchemy in Motion”, Philadelphia based artist Michael G Teevan says:
“I’m asked regularly “what program” I use to make my images. I have to explain that it is not a computer generated image, it is photography.
That typically elicits a look like a deer in the headlights followed by another moment of complete silence. “But how?........”
I think that is one of my favorite things in the world. That initial reaction.
So, but how?? But what???
The series is a collection of images of inks, dyes, pigments, paints etcetera that are dropped, dripped, spilled, sometimes shot into various liquid bases. And as the colors are floating, falling and sometimes blasting through, I am trying to capture it on my camera. Entire worlds created and obliterated in hundredths of a second. Sometimes I can shoot several thousand pictures and see nothing. No pause, repeat or replay button. It’s elemental. It doesn’t wait for me. I either capture it or I don’t.
Sometimes it’s something in deep, deep space, sometimes it’s an ocean or sea in some mystical land, sometimes some funny little creature or perhaps a dragon.. I never know what is going to appear. I just have to keep my mind open to seeing what might be waiting to be found.
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