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Sirens (2015-2017)

Sirens are known in Greek mythology as beautiful women sometimes singing and luring ships in from the ocean only to crash on the reefs. This could be seen as an allegory for something dangerous yet compelling. However, I see the myth as a metaphor about the things that are genuinely beautiful, important, and enduring, and those that are a quick dazzling impression but can leave us with challenges in the long run should we succumb to the charms.

In this series, photographs of broken seashells are used to harken back to the sirens myth.  The shells as fragments take on an abstract tone of beautiful women displaying an alluring sensuality, yet there is another side that’s mysterious, and potentially alarming.

I employ a technique that intentionally makes the images soft so that viewers focus on glowing highlights that create the beautiful forms as well as an aura of mystery, possibility and curiosity.

 Photographed on digital media, the Sirens series consists of 60 images.

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