These are edited photos, part of a series I'm working on of favorite fishing spots near my home. The definition of a Totem: some thing that wants to be our friend, guide or companion. If that is true?... then this stream is a totem for me... something I desperately need... and lately, need even more.
The stones in this totem I found in this section of the river. Turning them into these huge boulders is a way of rendering them in a visibly obtrusive, yet sublime way. It is also a reference to what is possible, impossible, or improbable. The scale deception changes the viewers perception of these stones in unexpected ways. Rendering these small stones in this gigantic scale and placing them back where they came from or “giving them back” opens up the possibility of new questions. Just how important are these stones along the rivers edge? Are these pieces of what were larger stones? Where did they come from? These balanced stones are a enigma... simultaneous precarious permanence.... the question, “How long can this last” always remains.