Scott McMahon and Ahmed Salvador
8"x10" color transparency with light box
1995 - present
"In this series fireflies were carefully collected* and placed inside boxes and jars containing leaves, grass, twigs, flowers soil and light-sensitive material (usually color transparency film). As the fireflies lit-up inside the containers they not only exposed their own image, but that of the objects within. In these images of minute worlds the firefly creates the structure of a surreal landscape."
Scott McMahon, a sculptor and photographer. Scott holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and has been an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lebanon Valley College, PA.
His work has been published in Pinhole Photography, Rediscovering a Historic Technique (2nd & 3rd Edition) by Eric Renner, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James as well as Pinhole Journal Vol. 11, 12, 15 & 22. Scott has exhibited throughout the United States, recent exhibitions include: Forgotten Attributes, Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University (solo), The Bioluminescent Firefly Experiment, University City Arts League, PA (collaborative) and E3 Gallery in NY (solo). Scott works primarily with historic photographic techniques and is currently working on a series that incorporates video projections, machines, found objects, photographs and sound. From 1997-2000 Scott was Photography Department Head/Artist in Residence at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ. In 2002 he curated Lightstruck - an Exhibition of Pinhole Photographs and Cameras at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC and was also recipient of a North Carolina Regional Project Grant. Scott currently serves on the board of Society for Photographic Education (SPE mid-atlantic region)