Illuminations of Big Sur
The original afflatus for this series came in Death Valley during a meditation session in the sand dunes. A DNA type of entity composed of light entered into my minds eye. This light entity revealed a presence I had only glimpsed before, it became the first insight for this new series.
These ‘Illuminations’ represent more than the luminous presence created in the image, they are references to Illuminating states of being and information I find through meditation.
A glowing grove of Illuminations, this image looks at a more static view and the power that would collect from a grove of these beings.
In contrast to the dark ominous boulders and ‘Pyramids’ these illuminations have created their own realm full of joy to lose themselves in.
Showing a more animalistic side to the Illuminations, the multicolored pouncer thinks it is predating on the ‘arms’ in the stream. These ‘arms’ are actually connected to the sphere as it uses them to trick and trap its targets.
A rare low tide exposes this beach only a few nights out of the year. Separated through most of the year I wanted to give a feeling of joyous reuniting created by specific conditions for these similar Illuminations.
All alone on an epic beach, this Illumination expresses that undeniably great feeling which is amplified under a starry sky and a moon kissed beach.
Looking down the coast of Big Sur one can begin to get the feel of the immensity of the Pacific. This spurs contemplation about ones place on this large blue marble for humans and I think the same would ring true for these Illuminations.
The soft glow on the horizon shows the home these Illuminations have escaped from to be together unjudged. Here on this pristine beach totally alone they can be together and comfortable with each other and themselves.
Separating oneself from the masses to reconnect with the greater whole. This illumination personifies the call of chaos and the overwhelming silence that can be achieved after submitting oneself to this chaos.
Twisting DNA like Illuminations perched above a foggy surf as they observe this tumultuous zone and the life and death that it creates.
From the fault line that actually created the topography we know as Big Sur, Illuminations are both above and under the ground.
The fire Illuminations represent a more ancient and ceremonial aspect. Even though the fire is free to dance, the embers unrelenting extinguisher is only a feet away poised to suffocate it.
Swooping in at low tide these three Illuminations are a collective whole, independent but regimental in their precision. They examine anything of interest and collect the information.
Drifting along the rocky shore this Illuminating wanderer looks for more than it realizes.
Across the vast distance this Illumination thinks of an existence in a different time when its perception of reality was out in the ether.
Under the bellows of a arching oak tree this Illumination takes refuge to recharge and seek comfort from the prevalent darkness.
The remains of a giant oak are slowly being reclaimed, these Illuminations celebrate its previous rebirths and the coming of the next.
Enchanted Delight is a state of being that seems to be prevalent throughout Big Sur. This alignment of the Galaxy between these monolithic rocks only amplifies the feeling of these Illuminations.
This towering 10 foot tall Yucca flower stalk was blooming right next to Highway One on a sheer cliff about 500 ft above the ocean. This Illumination shows an admiration and entrancement that blooms have on all beings.