About the Book
The images in this portfolio depict the mysteriously alluring and ephemeral patterns of fire.
Aesthetically, fire is mesmerizing, as it displays complex nested tonal
gradations and textures, adorned by graceful (and strangely organic appearing) whirls and tendrils of pure, raw energy.
The most striking feature of these photographs, philosophically speaking, is that they provide a glimpse of the unseeable. Since the exposure times for most of these images lie between 1/500th and 1/4000th of a sec - which is a slice of time far shorter than what our eyes need to "see" (and/or discern) patterns - they depict a reality that is fundamentally inaccessible to us.
More poetically, the patterns of fire may be likened to the abstract brushstrokes of illumination.
A Ph.D. physicist specializing in modeling complex adaptive systems by day, Andy is a published photographer who spends most of his free time with a camera. A founding member of Lorton Arts Foundation's Workhouse Photographic Society in 2009 (near Occoquan, VA), his photographs have won numerous awards, have been exhibited in many juried solo and group shows, hang in galleries, businesses, and private homes, and have appeared in numerous publications. Featured in Lenswork four times, spotlighted in B&W magazine twice, multiple-time finalist in the prestigious B&W Spider Awards, and published on many on-line magazines and blogs (including Luminous Landscape and Shadow & Light magazine), Andy has also been featured in Stone Voices magazine and won the international book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007. His blog (started in 2004) has been named one of the top 100 photography blogs by Photography Colleges