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Church of The Golden Light: a hand drawn conceptual negative

Church of the Golden Light is a minimalist conceptual visual artwork hand drawn on acetate. The composition depicts a church being illuminated by a streetlight emanating beams of yellow / gold light. The setting of the church is ambiguous.

The picture was made by first sketching an outline of an original photograph of the same scene on acetate using ink (sharpie) pens. The clear acetate was then illuminated on a light table and photographed digitally. The tone curve of the digital image was inverted, turning black to white, white to black, light to dark and dark to light. The resulting colour palette is dominated by black and represents a rudimentary (photographic) negative.

The title raises questions about the nature of the Golden Light. It might be expected that the light would emanate from the church, as a symbol of divinity and evangelism.

Instead, the church and its surroundings are lit by an external source, which appears to be a simple (manmade) streetlight.

What is the metaphorical significance of the unexpected lighting in the picture? Is this part of the overall sense of inversion that includes the reversing of the flow of spiritual illumination?

- part of a series of images based on creating 'negative-like' representations of objects and scenes, to express them in unusual colour schemes and to explore the essential compositional elements of which the image is comprised.

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Copyright
Steve Nimmons
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Essentially Negative: Seeing in Opposite
Church of the Golden Light is a minimalist conceptual visual artwork hand drawn on acetate. The composition depicts a church being illuminated by a streetlight emanating beams of yellow / gold light. The setting of the church is ambiguous. <br />
<br />
The picture was made by first sketching an outline of an original photograph of the same scene on acetate using ink (sharpie) pens. The clear acetate was then illuminated on a light table and photographed digitally. The tone curve of the digital image was inverted, turning black to white, white to black, light to dark and dark to light. The resulting colour palette is dominated by black and represents a rudimentary (photographic) negative. <br />
<br />
The title raises questions about the nature of the Golden Light. It might be expected that the light would emanate from the church, as a symbol of divinity and evangelism. <br />
 <br />
Instead, the church and its surroundings are lit by an external source, which appears to be a simple (manmade) streetlight.<br />
<br />
What is the metaphorical significance of the unexpected lighting in the picture? Is this part of the overall sense of inversion that includes the reversing of the flow of spiritual illumination? <br />
<br />
- part of a series of images based on creating 'negative-like' representations of objects and scenes, to express them in unusual colour schemes and to explore the essential compositional elements of which the image is comprised.