This photograph measures 15x18 in size
Sharon says: "Since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with kaleidoscopes and mirrored images. I have always found it fascinating how you could take a piece of glass or a mirror to distort what you actually see in front of you. When I went to art collage, I played around with the concept a bit with my drawings. A professor of mine encouraged me to do more with the technique. I used to come up with some interesting results.
After college, I started to spend more time with another passion of mine—quilting. I took printed fabric and played more with making quilt blocks in a kaleidoscope pattern by the way you cut out the repeat of the fabric. I continued with my photography as well. I stumbled across a Photoshop program that would be able to distort my images into kaleidoscopes and mirrored images. I’ve played with them on and off over the years.
Early last year, I lost my husband to cancer. One of my saving graces has been my venturing out into nature and taking photographs. One day I decided to experiment with my kaleidoscope and mirrored images again. I’m currently stuck on mirroring them. I wanted to find a calming peace for myself when my world was shattered to pieces. At times they remind me of a fairy fantasy world or just a calming peace.
I now go out and take pictures with the thought of what would this image look like if I distort it to a mirrored one. It’s a continuous ongoing project of mine. I’ve been pushing my work to the point of having the viewer not really know what they are looking at. I don’t want them to realize they have been mirrored and, in the process, create a world that is calming for the viewer to get lost in."