Nodal Point

Toned, silver gelatin prints

It’s that point in time when you are reading a book and suddenly the words on the page blur. You continue to read thinking you’ll catch up to yourself but you can’t. You blink a few times to clear up your vision and start reading again. But this next paragraph makes no sense. You have to start over.

It’s that point in time when you are working on a project outdoors and you are hammering a nail into a two by four but you miss the nail. It was there a second ago but it just seemed to melt into the wood. You missed it. Now you have to stop working on your project to assess any possible damage to your thumb.

It’s that point in time when you are driving the same route you always drive and you arrive at your destination but have no recollection of getting there. You know you got in your car, drove out of your garage, onto the parkway, battled traffic and safely got to your destination. But that whole 30-minute commute was a blur. You hate people like that and now you are one of them.

It’s that point when you are with a friend having a good time but you’re thinking of other things or other people. You give the other person only half of yourself. The other half is fuzzy with thoughts that are not important at that moment. Your friend asks a serious question and now you have to apologize for not paying attention.

It’s that point when your intersecting thoughts converge then blow up into a white, hot blur. You stare. You defocus. Your breathing slows and shallows. You’ve zoned out. You miss things when you zone out.

These zone plate pinhole photographs represent the moments in life when a person randomly zones out.  The person drifts as time is suspended. The cause of this impenetrable moment is a sudden culmination of information so intense that the person pauses almost everything at that very moment. All that is seen is a blurry, white dot:  the nodal point.

This ongoing body of work started in 2013. A selection of this project was exhibited as part of a juried faculty show at Robert Morris University in September 2015.