This series follows the relationship between man and manmade as seen in circles, intentionally alternating between a photograph of part of a human and human constructions. It was originally presented in a linear form in print, using smooth gloss Ilford photo paper.
The series pays homage to the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado through the use of repetition and geometry. The purpose is to pose the question –“What is a circle?” and to allow the audience to conceptualize for themselves the power of a circle, what it means to them, and how it is seen in society.
A dictionary definition of the circle (in geometric & mathematical terms):
“a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Yet, the circle is not merely that. The idea is that the circle, a simple and internationally used shape, is so very commonplace, but represents many different concepts and emotions. Circles exude feelings of unity, endlessness, and continuity. They are free and flowing, but there’s a structure behind them as well. Using integrals, one can find the area of a circle. Using a compass, a first grader can easily create a center point and draw a nice, little ornamental circle.
Circles are in art. They’re represented in religion. Seen in the Olympic Games logo. Oranges. Basketballs. Light fixtures. Water bottle bases. Your boyfriend’s head. Pizzas. Nostrils. Our dwelling place takes its shape–though granted, it’s an oval, but you know, pretty darn close. Point is-circles are everywhere.
Sophisticated and beautiful, structured and connected, simple and complex, the infinite circle, is a source of bewilderment, understanding, and meaning. Consider it if you may-