Over the past few years, I ran a small side hustle selling healing crystals at festivals and private parties. I’ve worked with crystals in this context since 2003 and while I’m always skeptical when I first approach the woo-woo, I’ve worked with energy enough to know there is a power in these stones.
I’m also a huge fan of geology and it’s the only science at the college level I ever earned an A in– historical geology. So rocks are my jam.
During the pandemic, with all of my festivals cancelled and nothing to do everyday, I began photographing all of my inventory to place it online. I became mesmerized by the macro photography of these divine stones. The hidden details deep within each stone are like peering into a tiny secret universe. The activity became a grounding exercise during a time of great chaos and turmoil.
In the process of finding relief and purpose, I fell in love with rock photography. The crystal business didn’t survive the pandemic and I dissolved the corporation in the summer of 2021, but the relationship with the stones survived and thrived. And my work now is to share these rare beauties with the world through NFT artwork.
The project is ongoing with no timelines or milestones and the premise is very simple.
I’m collecting rare stones from my trusted and sustainable miners and documenting them with some intense macro lens action. I mint them into NFT artwork and embedded the healing properties into the metadata of each stone I document.
I’m also working on a collaboration with some amazing designers that I’ll explain later once then artwork is closer to completion. Production on the collab began in June 2021 and is ongoing.
My intention for this project has many layers.
I wish to capture and preserve the beauty of these rare minerals for future generations to enjoy through the metaverse because these stones will not be accessible for collection in the generations to come.
While I don’t expect every collector to engage with this art for the energetic properties, the fact remains that each stone contains special properties to help us navigate our chaotic world. Each NFT will contain the healing properties within the metadata if someone is interested in learning more. The stones will also have their origin and geological data included in the metadata. I also infuse each mineral specimen with some basic Reiki energy when I work with them. Affirmations or meditations will be included in some of the NFTs.
My mineral specimens are chosen for their energy resonance, mindful mining practices and their beauty. Transferring that beauty into pixels and prints is a challenge and a pleasure.
Over 25 years of professional photographic experience goes into the lighting and photographic process of each individual stone, with hours of pre-production preparation. This is a labor of love between myself and the stones I fell in love with so many years ago.
The initial still image NFTs are slated to drop on Foundation in October 2021 as 1/1 editions with collaboration projects launching in November 2021. Graphical collectable versions will be available at affordable prices on OpenSea later in 2021.