A mandala is a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol which represents the universe, usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image.   

The act of viewing or making one is considered to be highly meditative.  I stumbled across the geometry involved while making repetitious collages out of one image, noting that while I was working I felt collected.  After some research I found that what I was doing was in fact something human beings have been doing for thousands of years.

I am constantly on the lookout for interesting shapes, colors, textures, contrasts, and lighting to make a mandala with and shooting progress shots of JSA’s projects gives me many opportunities for this.

-Chris Sowers