My current interest in photography involves creating "mandalas," which are created by duplicating a part of an image and then digitally manipulating the duplicated parts until they simulate the symmetry of a traditional Indian mandala. A mandala, from the Sanskrit word meaning "disk," is typically a geometrical figure that represents the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. In Western depth psychology, mandala-like images that appear in dreams often refer to the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity. Below are some of my most recent mandala creations.
This is nothing more than a piece of rock covered with lichen, which I then duplicated, rotated, and layered until it formed a symmetrical mandala shape.
Another rock covered with lichen that I duplicated, rotated, and layered in order to create this almost translucent atmospheric image.
Diamond in the Rough
This is a tree stump that I happened upon while walking in the woods, which I then duplicated and rotated until the four corners of the image aligned in the center, forming this intriguing diamond shape.
I shot the center of a stained-glass window in our house, duplicated it several times, then began to rotate the individual layers until I achieved this "mystical" eye, which reminds me of the Indian god Krishna (which, etymologically, means "black").
Another tree stump, this time duplicated only once and placed back-to-back with the original to form this striking image. Tree stumps in particular make a good basis for what I'm trying to achieve given their concentric rings and generally cracked surface.
Yes, another tree stump. This one I found in a neighbor's yard where it had resided for a considerably long time; as such, it was extremely sun-bleached and weathered—perfect for my mandala project.
This was the first "mandala" I created, although I was not thinking mandala at the time. I captured and digitally manipulated the tip of a conch shell that was illuminated by the blue glass of a nearby stained-glass window to gain this somewhat magical, if not haunting, image.