In the Lumen series the topic of investigation is light itself. It is a lifetime project in which various aspects of light are explored in separate bodies of work. Michael Taylor's aim is to let light reveal itself.
Throughout history the phenomenon of light has always fascinated people.
This is what some people have said about it:
Grosseteste: “Light is beautiful in itself, for its nature is simple and all of it is there at once. Wherefore it is integrated in the highest degree and most harmoniously proportioned and equal to itself, for beauty is a harmony of proportions.” (From: Eco, Umberto. The Aesthetics Of Thomas Aquinas. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 1988, p.109)
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: “Photography is Light Architecture.” (From: Moholy-Nagy, Laslo. “Fotografie ist Lichtgestaltung, Bauhaus, 2/1, 1928, p.1)
James Turrell: “Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.” (From: Zajonc, Arthur. Catching The Light: The Entwined History Of Light And Mind. London: Bantam Press, 1993, p.324)
The first body of work focuses on luminescence.
Luminescence (shown on this Web Site), primarily investigates light using electroluminescent (EL) wire. A current is passed through a copper wire causing the surrounding phosphor coating to emit light. The wire was wrapped around/within custom-made costumes worn by the model. The model’s movements were then recorded, introducing a kinetic element. Images were also made using opaque and transparent mannequins.
Other aspects which shall be explored in the future are:
- Photo Synth
Light itself is the revelation.
Born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, 1963.
MA Fine Art : University of Ulster, Belfast, 1990-1991.
BA Design (1st. Class Hons.) : University of Ulster, Belfast, 1987-1990.
MSc Computer Science : Queen's University, Belfast, 1986-1987.
BSc Zoology : Queen's University, Belfast, 1981-1985.
Four Floors, MadArt Gallery, Dublin, July 2011
(Photo Ireland Festival).
Odyssey Pavilion, Belfast, 2003
Images Of Dance
Three floors of the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, March/April 1998.
IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin, September 1991;
Slaughterhouse Gallery, Clerkenwell, London, October 1991.
Robert Hirsch, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Focal Press (release date February 2012).
One image from Luminescence in a chapter called ‘Time, Space, Imagination, and the Camera’.
Creative Review (UK), April 2011.
One full page image from Luminescence.
Creative Review (UK), Summer 2011.
Selected images from Luminescence used in the CR iPad application.
Enquire Magazine (Italy), 2011. La Luce Di Michael Taylor.
PhotoZoom (Canada), Dec 2010, pp. 60 & 61. Luminescence.
http://emag.marinmediagroup.com/doc/marinmediagroup/photozoom-4th-issue/2011070603/ - 60
Icon_ology August 2011. luminescence: Michael Taylor
L’Autre , Autumn 2011].
Libertarian (Buenos Aires, Argentina). [Autumn 2011].
Adore Noir Magazine (Vancouver, Canada). October 2011.
Delood (Greece). September 2011.
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