Hey, I’m Jacob! Welcome, and grateful for you being here. I’m a visual sound artist and photographer from New Zealand, based in Brisbane, Australia.
I have a deep belief in the power of music and sound to shape our physical and mental realities and beyond. This is what inspires my passion to bring sound vibrations into visual form.
It was while I was studying Audio engineering, around 2010, that I first came across cymatics, the art and science of visible sound.
It was a chladni plate of sand vibrating to the nodes, forming a geometric symmetry. It was then that I decided I wanted to capture these patterns, to make them beautiful, and have a physical piece of art made from sound vibration.
Over the years I worked hard on experimenting with this, but would always reach limits. I would leave it, only to return again, and again.
It wasn’t until my journey through India and Nepal that I re-discovered a deeper history of sound-healing, Tibetan singing bowls, Nada Yoga, and a whole new love of music and its affect on people, both mentally and physically.
I would continue to notice the chladni patterns everywhere I went, and it would remind me of what I had always wished to do.
So there on my travels I said to myself, if I were to return home, I must finish what I started with cymatics, or not return.
I see cymatics as a type of poetic truth. A form of alchemy, transforming matter, transforming ourselves. It hints at a deeper understanding of motion and form, and may even remind us - if we choose to see - that there is a song in everything.
With each of my cymatic photos I am playing with the physics of light and colour in real time. It is a dance, while I play, explore and express in collaboration with sound resonance.
A lot of my philosophical approach to photography is inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson "Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant...There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera."
My mission is to share the beauty of sound as art, as a healing pathway to the sacred within. Through my dance with the physics of vibration, to remind how magical and interconnected everything truly is.
For inquires about my work, or if you'd simply like to get in touch, contact me below.