Maine Diffractions Statement Each summer I am privileged to visit my friend in Maine, on an island in Penobscot Bay. It is entirely raw, unmanicured nature. Since we come back only during the summers, we are perhaps more cognizant of the changes that have taken place during the harsh winters and falls and springs. The island is in a constant state of change and here there is no veil between you and the nature spirits. This makes me feel their energies and essences even more. One way to express the essence of nature is to “show” the energy flowing from the trees, water, rocks, plants and even decomposing nature. I used various silks placed over my lens to help communicate the energies literally flowing from these natural elements. The light flowing through the silk is broken up infinitesimally to create mini-borealis displays (which are more evident in extreme close-ups of the images). The “rays” from the diffraction almost obscure the details of these photos’ subjects, focusing the emphasis away from surface and toward what’s happening on an invisible, energetic level. I imagine the light coming off of these elements of nature and literally being captured by the silk, so that the light rays can become more visible. In a way, the silks make the invisible energies – - more visible. Shooting through silk was a way of showing another aspect of nature, which is perhaps not as conscious when you gaze at sharp landscape photos or at detailed close-ups of nature. Those kinds of images are lovely and the stillness within them or the excitement of surface can express something wonderful about nature as well. These images are smeary, mysterious, sometimes obscure and hard to identify, and therefore more defined by shapes and forms. It’s rather a reduction of nature: to forms and energy. Do these images seem romantic at times? Perhaps, but that is not the intent. I hope to express something beyond romantic love, to a deep, unabiding connection. Who knows, maybe these images were also inspired by my macular degeneration, since my eyesight is getting worse as I age! But then, perhaps that means I too am focusing on something besides the obvious effect of nature, as when one sense goes and another becomes even stronger.