Nothing could be more common than salt, and nothing could be more diverse in its associations. It flows in our bodies, and it burns where the skin is torn; it brings life to food (or ruins it) and it leaves tracks on the floor in the winter. Its everyday form is a pure mineral, with a crystalline structure that responds in curious ways to the manipulations we put it through. The salt crystals in these photographs echo the forms of cosmological formations, and reveal intricate patterns that spiral smaller than the eye can see. Meanwhile, they stay grounded in the scale of the everyday. It's in the routine trappings of daily life, I believe, that we find the patterns that structure our sense of place in the world. We often look to photography to be dazzled by spectacles of distant places and boundary-pushing experiences. But it can also offer moments of curiosity and reflection that affirm the value of what is close at hand.
Process and materials: The crystals are formed using a solution of table salt on various pans, utensils, and mixing glasses. The forms are affected by a variety of factors, including temperature, humidity, and the type of surface used. They are photographed and printed digitally.
All photographs in this series are available as archival prints on Epson hot press bright paper. Dimensions are 16x20" and 22x30" with an edition of three at each size plus AP. Selected images are also available commercially printed to aluminum.
The Salt project was profiled by Pete Brook on Vantage: Finding the Cosmos in a Grain of Salt