Peephole Portal
Peephole Portal
Taxidermy Underworld
Taxidermy Underworld
Melbourne Abstractscape
Melbourne Abstractscape
Blood Cross
Blood Cross
Blue Christ
Blue Christ
Chiseled Flames
Chiseled Flames
Eiffel Smear
Eiffel Smear
Ephydra Mountains
Ephydra Mountains
Framed Past
Framed Past
Lichens
Lichens
Frosted Feathers
Frosted Feathers
Gray Waves
Gray Waves
He Climbs Alone
He Climbs Alone
Intruder
Intruder
Lustrous Livingstone
Lustrous Livingstone
March For Our Lives - Grand Central Market
March For Our Lives - Grand Central Market
Monumental Maze
Monumental Maze
Paloma de Acero y de Esperanza
Paloma de Acero y de Esperanza
Mud Blob Collection
Mud Blob Collection
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Soda Wave
Soda Wave
Sunrise on Fire
Sunrise on Fire
Tule Lake Minimalism
Tule Lake Minimalism
Yellow Fungus
Yellow Fungus
Peephole Portal
Peephole PortalAs sunlight passes through a peephole, different wavelengths refract at different angles, and through a long and shaky exposure reveal a prismatic rainbow in the air. At a Motel 6 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The door’s peephole refracted a circular rainbow on the far wall of our cheap hotel room. I positioned the camera over the vibrant beam, and with a long, intentionally shaky exposure, I was able to capture a multi-colored streak passing through the ephemeral prism.
Taxidermy Underworld
Taxidermy UnderworldColorful ungulates are refracted on a glass display case, at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

The ground was lit by red lights, while the reflected part of the ceiling was a deep violet. The blurriness comes from the refraction through the glass, it gave the photo an air of uncertainty and motion. I love the ambiguity and saturation of this photo, it's hellish, spectral, dreamy.
Melbourne Abstractscape
Melbourne AbstractscapeFour distinctive skyscrapers compete for attention in an abstract cityscape in downtown Melbourne, Australia. Skyscrapers in Melbourne have a huge variety of colors and styles. I took this pic from the park in front of the library. I know which building is in front of which, but my brain still has a hard time accepting it.
Blood Cross
Blood CrossA cross made out of light materializes on the floor mosaics at the Getty Villa. Pacific Palisades, California. The Getty Villa is a great location to find compositions with reflections and transparencies. This cross, over a deep blood red floor, stood out to me as soon as I entered the room. The reflection of the windows looked like claw marks of a giant beast trying to escape.
Blue Christ
Blue ChristA rusty bronze statue of Christ on top of a tombstone in the Montparnasse Cemetery of Paris.

I couldn't get the camera to focus. I was shooting down towards this figure but for some reason the focus kept getting stuck. I couldn't use the viewfinder since I hat to stretch my arms up over me and blindly aim the camera down. I got the camera to focus after several tries, but I liked the out of focus version of the image the most. The splatter that looks like blood red comes from seedpods that gathered under the metal sculpture.
Chiseled Flames
Chiseled FlamesMy favorite light in canyons is reflected light. In this case, the sunlight hit directly on the turbid waters below, and the red sediments in the water bounced back a golden light. The glowing lighting from below made it seem as if the rock walls were on fire.
Eiffel Smear
Eiffel SmearA flag made out of strobing fairy dust extends from the smeared Eiffel Tower, Paris.

This was a fun experiment with the Eiffel Tower. I held the camera for a beat, then panned across during a 1.3 second exposure. I tried this many times, it was hard to get an even line of a smear that didn't wobble all over, since I was not using a tripod.

The reason why the golden lines smear while the white sparks remain sharp is because the white lights are strobes, flashing extremely fast at random, creating a single point of light during the fast move, while the yellow lights are constantly on.
Ephydra Mountains
Ephydra MountainsAlkali flies (Ephydra hians) float over the reflected snow peaks of the Eastern Sierra, on the salty waters of Mono Lake, California. I finally got a chance to do the morning boat tour at Mono Lake, it was quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. I highly recommend it, take the earliest possible one for the best light and cooler temperatures. During the boat ride, one can see thousands of alkali flies floating on the lake, and million of brine shrimp swimming in the waters. Mount Dana, the tallest peak in this area of the Eastern Sierra, still held some vertical striations of snow, and they were sharply reflected on the lake. I used my 400mm telephoto as a macro lens and shot the flies from the moving boat and the reflected mountains.
Framed Past
Framed PastWindow in an abandoned construction site looks like a painting on a wall, as it frames the overgrown and decaying landscape outside, in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay. We befriended a security guard, who let us take some photos at the IPS complex that was abandoned back in 1995, before construction was completed. In one of the forgotten rooms, I noticed how a window framed the scene outside as if it were a picture hanging on a wall. I pushed the lens distortion to give us a feeling of falling into the photo.
Lichens
LichensA collage of vibrant lichens and mosses from the fjords and mountains of Norway. I took a whole series of lichen photos, trying to emphasize the variety in colors and textures, and searching for abstract compositions. The landscape up in the mountains is so bizarre! Once you get over the tree line, where all you see are lichens and boulders, it's completely alien, especially if you are walking inside a cloud. One thing that surprised me is how thick the lichens and mosses get. They are like are cushions, I saw some up to 6 inches thick, soft and plushy like down pillows. And some seem squishy but when touched they are brittle and sharp. I decided to put this series together as a single image, which made for quite a huge file. This is 16,000 x 16,000 pixels, the biggest file I've worked with to this day. It could be printed as a 8x8 feet wall at 150dpi and look super sharp from way up close.
Frosted Feathers
Frosted FeathersSoon after a winter sunrise, frost covers a patch of pebbles, dry grass, and feathers, at Tule Lake, California. I found this patch with an interesting composition in the early morning before the sun broke through the thick fog. I liked the desaturated tones here, lots of detail, and a nice transition from the grass on top to the pebbles below.
Gray Waves
Gray WavesChaos of sandstone waves create a disorienting painting of curves and shadows at Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona. The light patterns and curved shapes are so abstract in Antelope Canyon, that sometimes the concept of up or down seems meaningless, the rocks are but a frozen crashing wave twirling around you.
He Climbs Alone
He Climbs AloneLonely pine grows on a steep hillside of loose pumice and obsidian shards at the edge of Crater Mountain, near Mono Lake, California. We were driving to Mono Lake and saw this barren hillside from the freeway, the clouds were creating organic shapes and quickly shifted to new abstract patterns. We quickly decided to take a detour, and find a location to shoot it from. We took a sandy road, parked a bit far away, and I climbed a hill on the opposite side to get a higher vantage point. The hills there are made of loose sand, broken-down pumice, and shards of obsidian. At the bottom of the hill, where it is flat, the obsidian mostly consists of 2 inch smooth boulders, or tiny black specks in the sand, but the more steep it gets, the more the shards start looking like knives poking out of the ground. It was hard getting up, it's like climbing a sand dune, you take one large step up but then slide half of that distance down again. That with knives buried in the sand. the edge of Crater Mountain, near Mono Lake, California. We were driving to Mono Lake and saw this barren hillside from the freeway, the clouds were creating organic shapes and quickly shifted to new abstract patterns. We quickly decided to take a detour, and find a location to shoot it from. We took a sandy road, parked a bit far away, and I climbed a hill on the opposite side to get a higher vantage point. The hills there are made of loose sand, broken-down pumice, and shards of obsidian. At the bottom of the hill, where it is flat, the obsidian mostly consists of 2 inch smooth boulders, or tiny black specks in the sand, but the more steep it gets, the more the shards start looking like knives poking out of the ground. It was hard getting up, it's like climbing a sand dune, you take one large step up but then slide half of that distance down again. That with knives buried in the sand.
Intruder
IntruderHidden in the pattern of bird foot prints is a pair of coyote paw prints, inscribed in the mucky salts of the north shore of Mono Lake, California. Mono Lake has protected areas where millions of seagulls nest every year. When the aqueducts diverted waters from the lake towards LA in the 1940's, the water level dropped so much that Negit island, once protected from land predators, was no longer and island, and coyotes and other mammals caused a huge ecological disturbance. A lot of irreparable damage was done. Luckily, the Mono Lake Committee fought to preserve the lake waters to a reasonable level, and Negit island is an island once more. I took this photo is what used to be the land bridge connecting the mainland to Negit island. There's still a partial bridge there, but enough water separates the two areas.
Lustrous Livingstone
Lustrous Livingstone
March For Our Lives - Grand Central Market
March For Our Lives - Grand Central Market
Monumental Maze
Monumental MazeA blonde woman walks through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a 200,000 square feet site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, designed by architect Peter Eisenman, in Berlin, Germany. The size of this monument makes it very hard to photograph if you are trying to get a sense of the full experience. I chose to use my telephoto and create abstract shapes with the lights and shadows instead, since I couldn't find a way to show the true scale without shooting an aerial photo or something similar.
Paloma de Acero y de Esperanza
Paloma de Acero y de Esperanza
Mud Blob Collection
Mud Blob CollectionMud blobs of all shapes emerge ephemerally from the geothermal muddy pools of the Artist Paint Pots of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. After hundreds and hundreds of shots of mud in one day, I picked this diverse sample of portraits as my favorites. Sometimes I enjoy the simplicity of the shapes, while other times it's all about the chaos. It's a fun game, trying to figure out where to aim the camera, and at what time to hit the shutter. There's an extremely short anticipation when the mud inflates, and less than a second later the mud bubble has already exploded. Some areas are more viscous and explode slightly slower, but the key moment is always extremely short and hard to capture.
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Muséum National d'Histoire NaturelleAbstract reflections and refractions create an impressionistic light pattern at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

I spent a lot of the time at the museum on the ground on weird angles, looking up or down in weird directions. The glass cabinets, enormous open space, and constantly changing colors of the ceiling and walls were perfect to shoot random abstract compositions.
Soda Wave
Soda WaveThe still soda lake mirrors the distant hills, while the open fields blossom in orange and yellows. Seen from a steep hillside on the Temblor Range, California, during the Carrizo Plain superbloom of 2019. For a moment, while we were up on the hills, the waters of the distant soda lake froze still. It was already a bizarre sight, and I decided to abstract it further with a very disorienting composition. The scales are truly hard to guess here. For reference, the cut on the near hillside is an unused dirt road, and on the far shore behind the lake, the white dots on the left are big camper vans, and the almost invisible black dots on the right are a series of parked cars.
Sunrise on Fire
Sunrise on Fire
Tule Lake Minimalism
Tule Lake MinimalismMinimalist composition of sunset colors reflected over the frigid waters of Tule Lake, California. The lake area was getting too dark after sunset, and trying to get photos of birds with so little light was pointless. Since I had my telephoto on already, I looked for other interesting subjects in the areas that were still bright enough. To get this composition, I moved around to find a spot that showed a nice mix of colors and an interesting transition. I tried longer exposures too, for smoother waves, but the colors weren't as crisp and defined in those photos, I prefer the textures I got with this version.
Yellow Fungus
Yellow Fungus
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