“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.”
—William Blake

There have always been elements of abstraction in my work but in this new series, I have expanded my scope. I combined disparate elements such as mold grown in my studio, stars downloaded from robot cameras in space, snowflakes captured on a winter’s night, to magnolia trees blooming in spring. At the heart of these images are unique camera-less Light Projections which I devised for this project. This series is about my ideas of Infinity.

All of my work is about process. I look at things very closely and think about the marks I can generate with the silver metals in black and white photo paper. I like exploring the spaces between photography and mark making. My work has had a great deal to do with manipulating the photographic surface and this series is my latest extension of that exploration.

The rule that defines photography today is that there are no rules. The question is just what constitutes a photograph in 2014? Every mark in a photograph is made by hand using a camera, lens, and light sensitive materials processed in the darkroom. Yet a photograph can seem more like a drawing than anything else. So what is it? Abstraction, Photographic Document or Dream? My work tries to bridge these ideas, getting at an underlying unity rather than petty difference.

—Thomas Brummett