Photo by Bill Long, Curator, Kamuela Museum Joe Buberger, Artist

It’s been an amazing journey searching for the purest natural light. This photo was taken at 14,000 feet above sea level while at the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mt. Mauna Kea, Hawaii; I am above the clouds giving me my closest vantage point to the sun.

As you look at my Sculptured Sunrays understand that there are no objects being photographed. There is nothing there but sunlight. You are seeing reflected shapes, forms, and shadows, each from a beam of sunlight travelling 93,000,000 miles. As I create I use the natural spectrum, blending and forming it into abstract art. I only create on the clearest days with crystal clear skies, primarily using prisms and mirrors—a science called catoptrics.

My fascination with radiant light started in 1970 when I was first introduced to the magic of the daguerreotype. This was the first practical photographic process in America ca1839, invented by Louis Daguerre in France and brought to the United States by the artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse. This was the first process to “capture” light and produce an image!