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Michael Theophan Lujan
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United States
A Little Bit About Me

I first began seeing photography as a viable medium for my own art in 2004, when I bought a small 3.2 megapixel Canon Powershot A70 on a lark (yes, I have since upgraded!). At that time I was living on a cattle ranch in west Tennessee, about 40 minutes northeast of Memphis. At that time I was also saturating myself with the cinematic imagery of Andrei Tarkovsky, particularly his masterpiece Stalker; and both the wide-open spaces of Tennessee and the reverence for nature found in Tarkovsky’s work left an indelible impression on me.

I try to use my lens to leverage the alien out from under the familiar. I may spend hours over the same patch of decaying asphalt documenting the weeds growing up through the cracks, so that hopefully the viewer can come away with an impression of worlds previously unknown, though he or she may have passed by that same decaying asphalt thousands of times without a second glance.

When I collaborate with a model, of course, it’s quite different, as I am documenting the literal image of God. And if, as Blake tells us, everything appears as infinite when the doors of perception are cleansed, how much a greater expanse of infinity might be glimpsed through a being bearing the signature of the Divine?

Though all of my work begins with light captured by a light-sensitive surface, sometimes the work takes leave of its origins—the stamp of time and place—as with the kaleidoscopic digital photo-constructions (“broken symmetries“) sometimes populating these pages. But whether this lavish amount of post-processing takes place, or none at all does, hopefully something of the forms of the created world around us is still made manifest, and rendered more or less transparent to the uncreated Light of the Creator of all.

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

~ Matthew 6:22
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AngelaNorthen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Snoopy by Digithalie  Thank-you so much!
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the-ramy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks for the favChaplin and Co Icon: Salutations! 
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for watching! :hug:  I'm honored!
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obsidian-blade Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I enjoy your work!
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elen-del Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
excellent work!
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obsidian-blade Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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BloodLustWolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Hey man, long time no talk. Idk if ya remember me much from the old yafro days lol. Just thought I'd drop in and say whatsup. Hope life is treatin ya well
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obsidian-blade Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do remember you! Nice to hear from you. How's it going? Life here is peachy.
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prismes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
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kyleblackwood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks a lot for the fav :lol:
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