It starts with a camera hanging from a kite line. Specifically, the camera is mounted to a cradle that hangs from the kite line. First the kite line is sent up approximately 100 feet. The cradle is then attached to the kite line and turned on which allows the camera to capture images. Depending on the wind, the kite is released as far as it can go. If the spool is completely empty of line this gets the camera up about 250 feet. The capturing of images continues until the camera and kite are brought back down to earth.
Launching the kite and camera from the city pier in Imperial Beach, California.
Each piece of artwork starts with an archival pigment print. It is printed on a special metallic paper which enhances the glowing characteristic of each piece. Epson Ultrachrome archival inks are used to get a long lasting, fade resistant print. The prints are then professionally laminated to a thin board, eliminating the need to cover the print with glass. Poplar boards are stained, painted, and glued together to form each frame section.
The finished sections are then glued together to create a custom floating frame. The print is glued into the frame allowing the image to appear to float away from the edge of the frame, as well as from the wall, giving the finished work more depth.
The finished artwork.