Decay is inherent in all component things. Out of decay, death, and destruction there is rebirth, growth, and life. - Buddha
The Spirari series is John’s most recent body of photography work. The images capture fire up close at high speed, which John then digitally alters to highlight the flame’s sensual form while abstracting the reference to its origin. An active attempt at grasping a deeper understanding and appreciation for change as a part of life, this series was born as a meditation on John’s evolving roles as a person, an artist, and a father. Spurred by a major life transition in 2007 and his subsequent move to Johns Island to live, work, and heal, the explorations shown in the Spirari series helped John to embrace the impermanence of his own emotions, thoughts, and physical being.
It reflects his awakening to a new outlook on life - one acknowledging impermanence as the only constant.
The photographs are shown in their original state as taken and are not digitally manipulated in post. Using a proprietary proofing process to achieve the most accurate colors possible, John prints straight to canvas utilizing a state-of-the-art digital darkroom with a wide-format printer and archival inks. Once printed, canvases are given a protective UV coating, stretched over custom-designed stretcher bars, and framed with handmade, locally built wood floater frames, made to order in dark walnut or painted black.