I spend a lot time with gunpowder, fuse and the resulting explosions, drawings, and paintings. That is my natural reality. It may surprise you to know I spend a lot of time on my computer. It is maybe not so surprising when you realize a couple of things. First, most of my work is exploded outside and when the studio space is covered with snow and ice it is difficult to work. Second, I need images, lots of images, to keep me engaged and to think through what I am creating.
I am never without a camera and I shoot all of the photos I work from. (I light the fuse, jump back and snap a bunch of photos). Then I use camerabag two and photoshop to refine lighting, saturation and colors. From there I will crop, split colors and perhaps blur the image. I work hard at it. I have taken thousands of photographs of my explosions and finished work. I've spent hundreds of hours refining them.
See, every explosion is different. And I am always trying to figure out a way to show you what I see in my head. Each gunpowder painting I do has it own unique mission and personality. The images I shoot of the fire, explosions, smoke and finished art help me understand what I am looking at. It is a frame of reference, some times more specific, sometime more abstract. The images I create help my mind sort it all out.
People have requested I do more video, as my explosions can be like fireworks and a lot of fun. I will do more of that in the future. (It is a blast!). But it is the image work that I do, my photoworks, that I hope show the depth of energy and the alternative universe I live in with each and every piece of art I explode.