These are new images I just produced for Rosalie Midyette. Rosalie builds these pieces from clay and finishes them with a surface treatment that includes natural mica, which gives them a very interesting sheen and sparkle. In her own words, “I am inspired my the natural sculpting of the earth, so I call these sculptures Terraforms. As eons of water gradually sculpt rocks, I create smoothed recessions that nod at these geological wonders and the passage of time. To finish these forms, I primarily use mica I found hiking in a stream in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Picking each shining flake from the cold, clear water is an experience of sensory overload, reminding me of my youth and the barefoot days in the red mica-laden clay of Barton’s creek behind my Raleigh home.” You can see more of her work on her website, crmsculpture.com.
I found her work a real pleasure to photograph. I love the way the light plays off the sculpted surfaces, and the way the relief allows parts to fall into shadow. Shooting 3D work is always challenging, first, because you have to pick a side to shoot, which means the rest of the piece is hidden, and second, because even a slight change in point of view can dramatically alter the “feel” of the piece. We spent a lot of time turning the pieces a quarter of an inch, or moving the camera up or down an inch, looking for just the right angle. Lots of fun!