Soul Mates (edition of 5) is a 24 x 24 inch archival aluminum print that features two mirror image Peruvian Grasshoppers (Lophacris cristata) and was created in 2012 as a part of the Entomos series. It is an image that reflects the idea of having a perfect bond with another being. It is also a symbol of positive energy.
In China, the grasshopper is a symbol of luck and has long been a symbol associated with longevity, happiness, good health, good luck, wealth, abundance, fertility and virtue. In Ancient Greece the grasshopper is a status symbol. Athenians would adorn themselves with golden grasshopper hair combs and brooches as an indication of nobility. The grasshopper is also a symbol of immortality as we see in Greek myth when Zeus grants immortality to Tithonus, who was later transformed into a grasshopper (who of course, lived forever). In Native American tribal lore (specifically the Iroquois nation) grasshopper symbolism deals with messages of glad tiding. In this context, the grasshopper is a harbinger of good news. Indeed, when this creature is seen on spirit walks, it is a sign that the seer will receive profoundly joyful news that will benefit the entire community. As an animal totem, the grasshopper appeals to artists, musicians and dancers.
I'm honored to be included in the juried SOAG show. The annual photography show is always filled with high quality work from the best photographers in New York State. If you are in Ithaca during the show, have a look. You won't be disappointed.