These camera drawings are made by using my disability which involves uncontrollable shaking to my advantage. Usually photographers do not want the camera to shake but in this case I use the shaking to draw a trace of my body movements with the camera. I sort of preplan the compositions, then press the shutter. At that point I cannot see the composition but only can imagine how I should move the camera around as I am shaking to make these drawings.
This work was shot at a rural location, amid tall trees. The subject is a vintage radio station which occupied the building in the 1940’s. The station lights are rarely turned on and then probably by accident. I made special trips out to the station numerous times in the cold of winter. Many times, not finding the lights on. If the neon was left on I stood with crutches (I have a disability) and preplanned moves of the camera that would make up the components. Each time I shot these pictures I would shoot while my fingers were so cold and numb that I had trouble moving on those cold winter nights. One night I was there, the sky cleared and I could see constellations overhead keeping me company. The only sound: tree limbs in the wind. Later on, in the spring, I have shot at this same location by waiting until 11 or 12 at night so the night sky would be clear enough. I make these camera drawings only with the company of the shining light in the darkness.
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