Kaleidoscope Dreams: “Chain”

Last year an idea came to me that seemed simple enough: find a kaleidoscope and shoot through it. As a child, I’d always found kaleidoscopes entertaining (keep in mind this was long before smartphones).

“Chain” (2019)

I spent a weekend perusing every store I thought might have such a device – to no avail. In the era of the digital screen, it would seem that kaleidoscopes have become a thing of the past – something to find in time capsules or in dusty attics.

Months later I began to play with mirror effects and 3D illusion to create digital art using my photography as the base image. Eventually, after many rounds of trial-and-error, I began to create images that harked back to those days laying on my back in my childhood bedroom staring down those throwaway cardboard cylinders full of tiny bits of broken glass.

“Chain” Original Image (2019)

“Chain” is the first of my new series “Kaleidoscope Dreams” that I’m releasing. The title of the piece itself is exactly what this image is: chain.

As with most of my latest work, the base image is obscure, unassuming, some might even say ugly. I strive to take subjects such as these and turn them into something surprising and beautiful.

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