Sound bending light by Sasha Raphael vom Dorp


I’ve made these photographs to better know my place in the universe. Our ability to travel the cosmos being limited, I’ve built a machine in an attempt to observe elemental transactions. I’ve created a mechanical solution to what is a metaphysical problem, forcing basic elements of perception – sound, light, and matter – into a single frame.

These are photographs of sound encountering light as seen through the medium of water. On one hand, I’ve staged common phenomena and on the other hand I’ve captured tiny cataclysms never to be repeated. I bring you evidence of a minute history, in which no instance is petty and every instant too complex to perceive in its entirety.

A moment is all time, an atom the universe. These photographs aim to capture the beauty and turmoil that occurs inside the most pedestrian events. Sunlight bounces on water, sound waves march toward oblivion.


About Sasha Raphael vom Dorp

Sasha was born in Taos, New Mexico and has been exhibiting his work since 1992. His paintings hang in collections in Asia, Europe and the United States. For the past 11 years he’s been developing ways to see and document sound. These studies moved him to work with light and other mediums. He works in two studios, Los Angeles, California  and Taos, New Mexico. [Official Website]

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