“Black Hole” by Steve Geer of the P2 Collective wins our “Space” cover contest

Synkroniciti is excited to uncover our bold new cover for the “Space” issue, which will debut on November 30th. We had many beautiful submissions, but we always look for an image that tells a deep truth, or at least asks deep questions, about the theme, one we can return to over and over again and find new nuances of meaning. Steve Geer of the P2 collective won this contest with “Black Hole,” a futuristic and thought-provoking photograph. An unusual reflection from under Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate,” also known as “The Bean,” in Millennium Park, Chicago, this image hints at the malleability of time and experience. We see a nucleus of people standing below, while the polished steel of the sculpture with its unique curvature surrounds them with distorted reflections, some compressed, some stretched. This visual extrusion and optical illusion connotes human perception of the passage of time. We have the sense that life is comprised of moments that fly and other moments that seem to pass in slow motion. It’s all an illusion of our minds; time passes at the same rate. We process differently. For example, during a car accident our brain is in overdrive, taking as much information as possible so that we can react according to what is happening around us. Time seems to move slowly. As we age, time often seems to speed up, when in reality it is the length of our memory and the concentration of our experience that create this sensation. The stretching and contraction of our experience gives it beauty in much the same way that “Black Hole” creates an extraordinary panorama from every day life passing through the park. Steve uses the reflection to convert time, which cannot be seen, into visual space.

We are thrilled to welcome Steve Geer and the P2 Collective to Synkroniciti. They have a group offering in the issue as well. The issue is now available for pre-order: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/purchase-individual-issues/.

Steve Geer is a scientist and photographer living in Chicago. He has exhibited his photographs in approaching 30 solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and in Europe, has published his work in numerous photography magazines, and is on the board of directors of the Perspective Fine Art Photography Gallery in Evanston, IL. In 2019 Steve was a founding member of the P2 Collective, a group of photographers and poets producing an ekphrastic dialogue in which poems inspire photographs that then inspire further poems, and so on.  Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) and has recently begun writing and publishing poems inspired by his own photographs.

Portfolio website:   www.stevegeer.com

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