Light reveals a world that cannot see its way. The invisible
populace of this world, present only through the objects of
their creation, attempts to illuminate paths through the unknown.
ultimate fate and quiet fear - everlasting darkness - must be
kept at bay, and so unfolds a parade of growing and ever more
complex illuminations. Building gradually from one lone street
lamp to the brightest light ever made, The Light culminates
as a metropolis' beacon reaches skyward and the elements bear
down through its beams. Ultimately, the attempt to pierce the
night, to know the unknown, ends in somber quiet.
Though shot across America in New York, Florida and Nevada, The Light describes
a non-place, a universal journey from the countryside to an urban construction
ground. The journey is progress substantiated. Lights grow from lone
street lamps to groups of work lights, from myriad klieg lights traversing
the night sky to clusters of 7000 watt xenon rays that seem to carve
an inverse hole into the void. The light becomes a metaphor for human
struggle, through technology and determination, to see through the darkness.
The progression ends at the World Trade Center memorial lights, shown
not in direct conjunction with the events that brought about their existence,
but with a formal and abstracted transcendence. Reduced to their core
essence of pure light, the lights are transformed into a flood of photons
hurled into the sky - the end result of an immense effort to check the