A sandstone abstract in Death Valley National Park, California. This is an interesting image for me, and kind of an optical illusion...

Hope

Death Valley National Park, California

A sandstone abstract in Death Valley National Park, California.

This is an interesting image for me, and kind of an optical illusion. The photo as you see it is from the orientation in which I was standing as I took the photograph. As I looked toward my feet, the wind and water scoured sandstone scooped up the warm, early morning sunlight. I had originally processed this file with the intention of displaying it upside down, but after running it by my friends I have decided to present it as I had taken it.

It had been a cold night in the desert. The hike from camp to our location and the pitch black scouting before sunrise did little to warm the body. It's an odd feeling to be wearing a coat, gloves and a warm hat and to look towards the horizon to see the heat rising off the desert floor. It's a time of transition and before you know it, you are shedding layers until you are in shorts and a t-shirt basking in the sun.

The reason I wanted to release it upside down was because it felt more abstract. When looking at it that way, my mind struggled to make sense of the photo. It's not tangible to me. It's confusing because the light part of the sandstone seems closer to the camera than the darker parts. I enjoyed the optical illusion aspect. Deep down I found a parallel between the image and some struggles in life. The darkness at the top is holding in and smothering the light. There's tension in that situation. Seeing this image this way gave me a little bit of comfort in the discomfort.

Yet upon rotating the image 180 degrees a new world is opened up. Light floods into the darkness from the top. There's stability. There's sense. There's warmth. There's hope.

Ultimately, it's those aspects of life that I really need to hold dear right now. And just like that warm sunlight piercing the cold and watching the heat on the horizon when I took the photo, I should look for that warmth in the trying times of life and use them as inspiration rather than accepting and getting used to the discomfort. It's all the same photo, it just depends on how we are looking at it. Photo © copyright by TJ Thorne.


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  • Hand-printed in my studio for utmost attention to detail.
  • Printed on heavy-weight, cotton-based, archival Canson Infinity paper using pigment-based inks.
  • Quickest turn-around time.

Please note that these prints require framing before display. I am happy to work with you on your framing needs. Please contact me to do so. For ready-to-hang options, please consider my Lumachrome Acrylic Face Mounted or Chromaluxe Metal Prints.

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

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Limited Edition Lumachrome Fine Art Prints • Acrylic Face-Mounted and Ready to Hang

Limited Edition Lumachrome Fine Art Prints • Acrylic Face-Mounted and Ready to Hang

Premium Limited Edition Fine Art Lumachrome Prints are the epitome of elegance and quality. By face mounting the print to 1/8" thick scratch-resistant, non-reflective crystal clear acrylic and backing it with a protective surface and a 1.3" rear mounted frame, the print seemingly floats from the wall.

The proprietary Lumachrome process in combination with the acrylic facing gives a depth, dimensionality, and glow to the image which is unmatched and needs to be seen to believed. These pieces are museum quality, absolutely stunning, and truly a collectors piece.

Premium Fine Art Lumachrome Prints are ideal for galleries or private homes and with the proper lighting will take on a luminance that brings the photo to life. While these ready-to-hang pieces offer a modern, sleek, and clean appearance, traditional framing is also available and can be discussed one-on-one to pick the most appropriate frame for your piece.

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

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Limited Edition Chromaluxe Fine Art Metal Prints • Ready to Hang

Limited Edition Chromaluxe Fine Art Metal Prints • Ready to Hang

If you are looking for a piece that combines durability with a modern and elegant look, I offer Premium Limited Edition Fine Art Metal Prints. Using a state-of-the-art process, the image is infused directly into the surface of specially coated aluminum which creates a scratch and fade resistant piece that is ready to hang without a frame.

Metal prints contain a tremendous amount of depth, detail, and sharpness that will be sure to draw the viewer in. Since the image is fused directly into the aluminum, the resulting piece is scratch and water resistant and will resist fading or yellowing over time while at the same time being easy to clean. These are the ideal for offices and public spaces due to their durability.

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

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Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, please visit my Prints Page

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