I seek to convey a sense of time with my work, be it fleeting, evolving or still. Rusty metal takes time to mature and gracefully evolve. Fog can emit a sense of slowness and peace. Fleeting moments like an entire flock of birds suddenly taking flight create gifts that last seconds. If we each took one part of our day and redirected our energy to act upon what the muse is whispering in our head, or the universe is undertaking to get our attention, I believe our lives would change dramatically.
The layering and collage used in my work is much like the different elements that make up life. With past lives serving our present relationship to ourselves, or truths of our resistance to change covering up the underlying beliefs we hold on to dearly, or future tripping with unknown realities, we can become entangled in the quagmire of what is real. Yet somehow, with the overlapping edges, we know somehow a bigger picture is in evidence, and we can more know the whole.
One of the benefits of digital photography is the freedom that comes with taking multiple shots of what seem like the same thing. Each shot captures subtleties of the moment, such as a flock of birds in the sky that seconds later would not have been seen. Any images that don’t replay a value of the memory might easily be released. I see this as a metaphor regarding time and our attention to the moment, and the term “catch and release”. If we wait until the “perfect” sunset presents itself, we may overlook or discount the more subtle workings of the universe and the quiet gifts readily available. One such occurrence suddenly came about when a hummingbird flew into my enclosed porch. With 5 minutes of sheer awe, the little hummingbird allowed me to take photos of it while resting on my hand. Again and again, if it alighted, I’d easily get it to land on my finger. The art piece titled “A Gift from Heaven” is from my time connecting with the hummingbird. If we notice, act and celebrate the moment, then let it go, we give ourselves permission to be ready for the next one. When a magical moment finds me, captures my hearts attention and speaks loud enough to be heard over the rumble of the minds mechanisms, I’m grateful. Even better, when the flutter in my heart and the shutter from camera are aligned, I experience majesty in motion.
Dan Huckestein's Work at RiverSea Gallery
Click on the following thumbnails to see bigger pictures.
Exhibits at RiverSea Gallery