The central idea of my concentration is gradation.
When I first began my concentration, I intended to focus on layers. As I continued this idea, I noticed that my photos showed gradation in various ways. I experimented with gradation of design elements like color, size, lines, value, proximity, etc. Such as in photos #1 through #5. I then began to specifically search out gradation in various locations, as in photos #6 and #7. Next, I decided to explore gradation in a deeper way--in a way that explores gradual changes in life, existence or being or using gradation as a metaphor. For example, in photo #10, I was trying to illustrate someone who was originally a novice and express that a higher sense of awareness is achieved gradually by becoming in tune with nature and with life experiences. In photo #11, I created origami butterflies of money, as the butterflies go back into space, the monetary value of the bills lessen, representing how our culture is more concerned with money than with protecting the earth and its natural resources. In photo #12 I chose to place wires wrapping around the subjects head. The tangled wires seem so endless representing the gradual loss of connection to real life, replacing it with a virtual world that is disconnected from others.