An illustrated guidebook to supernatural beings in what the author calls “Hidden Realms.”
The dozens of flash photos in Patrice’s debut show a range of light distortions and other chromatic effects. The shots were taken at night in various locations in Washington state and Oregon, and the author constructs an elaborate explanatory framework around the surreal images. In a brief preface, and in the descriptions accompanying each shot, Patrice describes the various supernatural beings represented by the optical effects, from “Orbs” to “Light Rods” to “Angels” to “Segmented Worms.” She imbues them with not only life, but also personality: “Orbs are pure energy which have an aura, as we do,” she writes, “and are just as interested in us as we are in them.” The Orbs hover near to the humans, unseen by them. However, Patrice asserts that she’s gradually developed the ability to see her subjects even before developing the photos (“Before I could only see the Light Waves after the picture was taken,” she writes, “I also see moving waves of energy in my peripheral vision while reading at night”). These light-beings, she writes, can also be angels or, in one instance, the spirit of a beloved cat who went off to die and sent a ghostly image back to reassure its owner. Patrice, her son and grandson feature in some of the photos, always accompanied by the hovering apparitions. The book offers an upbeat, optimistic worldview that’s full of hope: “Love is energy and never dies,” the author writes at one point, stressing the constant renewal of the spirit-beings she claims to photograph. She also provides an encouraging vision of the unity of all life, which she grounds in her own view of quantum physics and the forces that bind all living things together. She ends her book on a note of adventure, assuring her readers that “my camera is ready to capture whatever may come its way.”
A colorful keepsake album about angels all around us.