Fisheye image from Lower Antelope Slot Canyon, Page, Arizona
The slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau are made by millions of years of infrequent flash flooding that sculpts the multi-colored sandstone into fantastic forms. Mandalas are traditional circular designs that offer symbolic images of wholeness, implying the reconciliation of opposites and their integration into a healthy self. The 8mm fisheye lens creates a circular image, distorting lines close to the edge. In the slot canyon environment, where there are no straight lines, the fisheye image conveys the feeling of an enclosure in a womb-like redoubt, inviting contemplation of subliminal meanings.
About Joel Simpson:
A NJ native, with a PhD from Brown in comparative literature, Simpson went pro as a photographer in 2002, after teaching college English, French, and Italian, and playing jazz piano professionally in New Orleans. Since then, his work has shown extensively in solo and group shows in the US and Europe, been published many times, and has won awards, and is part of the permanent collections at the Paris Musée de l’érotisme and the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) Art and Historical Center. His book of geological photography, EARTHFORMS: Intimate Portraits of Our Planet, won a GOLD Nautilus Book Award for 2019. earthforms.net.