I went camping recently, and stumbled upon this interesting little store called Abacus. It was a nice, funky collection of things for the home, jewelry, art, etc. It was rather exciting. Seeing original ideas is always inspiring. It gets me excited to get back here into the studio to work on my own creations. I thought I'd share some of the current things I've been looking at lately. From the Abacus gallery, I saw these amazing, intricate clocks by Roger Wood. He assembled a large assortment of antique items including clock faces, and, in the ones I saw, had them under a glass dome. The result was like a time terrarium. I've been working on some images that deal with time as well, so it was interesting to see this interpretation. Also at Abacus was a photographer Scott Matyjaszek. The work on display of his were 3D "photo sculptures." I've seen several attempts at this, but his were some on the most convincing ones I'v ever seen. The cutting was exceptionally precise, and there were a significant amount of layers. I think when I've seen other attempts, there is only two or three layers, which doesn't give the image enough complexity to be convincing. Today, I saw a post by the Vermont Center for Photography for an artist, Sally Apfelbaum, who is currently on display in their gallery. I was quite interested in her multiple exposures. Visually, they are intricate and complex. It also deals with time again, as well as perspective. In my work, I usually layer several images because I am trying to emphasize the figment of reality. In one of Apfelbaum's images, she took pictures of the same structure from north, south, east, and west. It's an intriguing idea to me, to explore multiple views in a single image. To me, it seems to say that the true image of the structure exists in the entirety of the object, informing the viewer of all sides. These images read almost like memories, and the way our mind will layer information from experiences. The segments reveal the whole.