This is the first of many to come "Charleston Canvases" from thousands of images shot in Charleston on my bi-annual visits in October and April. This initial slideshow video starts with sunrise at The Battery, people starting their day, familiar sites-not so familiar sights, and ends with images of empty Market tables and evening shots. The music for the slideshow is an original jazz tune composed by my friend Frank Duvall and performed by the Frank Duvall Trio, "Steppin' Out".
'The Transformer" is an 18 image palindrome created digitally from the first image, a photo I shot of a transformer on a pole through an outdoor metal sculpture. I've used the transformer on a pole as a religious metaphor for years in my art. This visual thesis is best described by a quote from the writings of Gershom Scholem. "Opposite poles, both man and God encompass within their being the entire cosmos. However, whereas God contains all by virtue of being its Creator and Initiator in whom everything is rooted and all potency is hidden, man's role is to complete this process by being the agent through whom all the powers of creation are fully activated and made manifest. What exists seminally in God unfolds and develops in man…Man is the perfecting agent in the structure of the cosmos…He is also the 'transformer' who through his own life and deeds amplifies these forces to their highest level of manifestation and redirects them to their original source." Gershom Scholem