4 Pi R Squared.
Photographs by Camille Solyagua.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2003. 40 pp., 31 duotone illustrations, 14x17".
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Using the universally binding mathematical equation for the surface area of a sphere—4 pi R2—as a leaping-off point, Solyagua has created and photographed spheres that seem to have a life of their own. Any number of universes are compellingly evoked—from the minutiae of life seen under the gaze of a microscope to the grandiosity of planets traversing the galaxies. But they are neither of these. The straightforward combination of light shone through soap bubbles—the spherical culprits whose silhouettes have been recorded—onto photographic paper creates a visual world both familiar and foreign, imaginary and real, infinitely delicate and monolithically sturdy.
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