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Dan Cassidy – Well Lit Paint
Well Lit Paint is an exploration of abstraction through a combination of control and happenstance.
As a photographer I have been trying to photograph abstraction out in the world. As a painter I have been trying to capture abstraction on the canvas. One day I looked at my paint palette and realized that the abstraction I had been looking for was under my nose all the time. I started taking macro photographs of the paints capturing the miniscule landscapes within.
As I have spent more time developing the project, over 1,000 images and still going strong, the work has been less about photographing paint and more about photographs as paintings.
Each Well Lit Paint image is of one approximately one square inch of the canvas. Mixing, photographing, remixing, photographing, editing on Photoshop, I develop the image.
Each image is a slice of time and no longer exists on the canvas, which usually looks like a muddy mess by the end of the process.
I create chaos and explore the beauty within.