The essential portfolio of geological art photography. The aim of this body of work is to evince metaphorical content from rock configurations. This differs from conventional landscapes, which present emotionally compelling places. Instead, here location and even scale are less important than the imaginative associations the image evokes.
These images work in three modes: metaphorical landscapes (with perspective and visible sky), miniscapes (short field, essentially flat captures), and natural sculpture. All three are represented in this collection. Metaphorical landscapes differ from conventional landscapes, because they evoke scenes radically different from what they actually are. In miniscapes (the second, third, fourth, and fifth images et al.) the rock surface functions as a virtual canvas, inviting viewers to make their own associations and see their own figures. Natural sculptures are distinct formations, separate from their surroundings, that could fit inside a (large) gallery. Note that "Lava Pudding" and "Organs of Feeling" include color elements, but I left them in the monochrome gallery, since their subjects are naturally monochromatic, with the yellow-green ferns serving as counterpoints.