Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

The work of 3-D artist Matt Elson is perfect for this week’s photo challenge.  Matt, a computer graphics artist who has worked for Walt Disney and DreamWorks, now creates 6-foot-high Infinity Boxes, which are playful and fun.  As a viewer peers into his boxes, created with mirrors, wood, acrylic paint, and electroluminescent wires, his/her face is refracted and reflected dozens of times, giving the illusion of infinity.

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.

― J.R.R. Tolkien, Tree and Leaf; Smith of Wootton Major; The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth

Infinity Box #1, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

Infinity Box #1, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

Viewers also see candles, flowers, and other objects reproduced in this tiny space.   These refracted images are softly illuminated and startlingly beautiful.

Infinity Box #2, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

Infinity Box #2, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

Matt’s work challenges us to figure out what is real and what is a reflection.  I loved how people interacted with The Infinity Boxes, laughing and smiling and calling over friends to see the reflections inside.  Matt describes the experience:  “To look inside these beautifully designed works of color, light and mirrors is to give yourself up, if only for a few moments, to a dreamlike world that changes as you move, as you smile or even gasp in complete wonder at your inability to explain what you’re seeing.”

Infinity Box #3, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

Infinity Box #3, Matt Elson, Art Prize 2014

I can’t think of a better time to spread a little joy.  Here’s a video of people having fun with The Infinity Boxes.

To learn more about Matt Elson and his work, click here.

For great interpretations of this week’s theme, click on the links below.

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