Edward Fausty: Worlds




From Jungian psychology, Tibetan mandalas, Zen Buddhist gestural painting to my own dreams, the circle has evinced the power to challenge our linear thinking and transform our awareness of time and space. It has great personal appeal to me; my linear thinking often goes astray.

The 8mm fisheye lens projects its luminous field inside the boundaries of the film or digital sensor rather than outside it. When I wanted to experiment with a circular format I chose this lens because it alone yields a circular image within the rectangular frame. I am viewing the circular image as I photograph rather than creating it later in post-production.

The image distortion incurred when using this lens was not welcome at first (I've been less than interested in fisheye images in the past) but, as often happens, the obstacle leads to a new path: The images of woods and rivers seem to evoke a planetary orb, the experience cherished among astronauts when they witness Earth from space. As I continue to use this lens on my daily walks, I am taken in more and more by its mysterious geometry, which at first seemed gross and artificial but now feels universal and true.

           butterfly wold         split tree         split rock world          by the river           curved leaf                               ladybug on lear                     dog world                              demonic trunk         monster         legs        tree hip        cloud hole        ghosts        battered leaf        tree eye sculpture        barnacled old ship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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