David Simonton, with EmphasisDavid Simonton during his artist talk at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham during the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. Simonton spoke about his interpretive documentary photography project on the former Polk Prison in Raleigh, N.C.
Intergalactic LeapThe title of this abstraction emerged while exploring ways to reinterpret this photograph of the base of a cracked gravestone. First I converted the digital image from color to grayscale. As I manipulated the contrast, the white shape in the center transformed into the leaping figure of Mercury, messenger for the gods of ancient Rome, amidst shining stars and nebulae.