Ancient Light is the title of my thesis exhibition at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The idea originated during the first year of the graduate program after NASA's research of the age of sunlight. According to R. Mitalas and K. R. Sills, photons generated within the core of the sun undergo constant absorption and transmission between matter within the interior -a process called photon diffusion. Their paths are wandering and seemingly random, taking between 10,000 to 100,000 years to break the surface to reach Earth.
The fact the light illuminating my present is older than written human history prompted me to explore time beyond our experience. Directly utilizing this ancient light, the project employs photographic capture methods informed from pivotal scientific understandings of the sun, earth, and light. Through the accumulated past of science and photography, I visually explore the imperceptible qualities of time to question the nature of reality and our perception.