Hiroshi Sugimoto, a conceptual artist, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948 and lives and works in New York and Tokyo. He started his work in 1976, the central idea of Sugimoto’s work is that photography is a time machine, a method of preserving and picturing memory and time. Lightning Fields is a series of dramatic and spectacular photographs produced through the play of violent electrical discharges on photographic film. Placing the film directly on a metal plate in the darkroom, Sugimoto charged a a Van de Graaff Generator, releasing 100,000 volts via a metal rod. The resulting image reveals in minute detail the extraordinary effects of light particles not visible to the human eye, a transient moment frozen in time. Visually striking, the images suggest a range of associations, from lightning flashes to strange forms of primordial life.