In engineering a vehicle, machine or any successful design, form typically follows function. In my photos function becomes irrelevant as I create a new form from the basic elements that are presented. The new form becomes more important to me than the intended function of the vehicles. I attempt to renew and preserve the artifacts from different stages of technology. That which was new became old and now becomes new again.
Although I am on a journey from scientist to artist, there is no contradiction in my approach to the world. Neither is there a contradiction between the community of the classroom and the solitary search for images. To teach is to take raw potential and guide it through a process of interactions that build and nurture unrealized strengths. The satisfaction of this process finds a parallel in capturing certain images when I respond to building on strong visual elements and eliminating those elements that distract from a new product. In both cases satisfaction comes from the fulfillment of hidden and unrealized potential.
In Transportation Transformations I have concentrated on details of vehicles that have been transformed by nature or by the camera lens. I look as a scientist would, for the hidden reality that lies beyond the obvious appearance. I study the complex systems of mechanical devices and see the simplicity of the structure — the elegance of the fundamental form that underlies the function of the machine. I present these in a visually formal composition. These images seek to present the balance found within a chaotic world as I attempt to preserve what is beautiful and meaningful to me. I use the camera lens as a microscope to research little noticed parts that can be isolated and transformed into photographic images.
– Kathleen Hocker