FROM ROCKS TO DNA; Canoe Paddler

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© Peter H. Rosen
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This un-retouched capture of Nicole, holding so perfectly still for the minute it took me to illuminate her and the canoe and pass my light painting "brush" between her open hands. No small feat for either of us as the passing of my "brush" between her hands took an amazing amount of dexterity on her part (and mine). I had to keep my body in motion so as not to be seen, as I navigated her arms and fingers, passing my light wand between her formed fingers or I would have appeared in the image. You can barely make me out above the tombstone behind the Rainbow Warrior's "lightning enhanced" Paddle.

This image recorded on Maui, is part of the series of light paintings suggesting the inextricable bond of humanity with nature. I call my light painting work: FROM ROCKS TO DNA DANCING ON THE EDGE OF TIME. Both as a play on words, the idea that we are just chemicals that were sparked into living breathing tissue when somehow Earth begat organisms and the seeds of life from the steaming soup of our sea's or the sun blasting reactions within the rocks capturing the heat and "right specks of soup."

I used a flash light for highlighting the boat and separating the model from background. An overall flash at the end of my light painting helped to freeze the image and pop it out from the blackness of night. This was a film exposure circa 1992 on Maui Hawaii.

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