To create this image, it took me and my crew several days of hiking up and down with ropes a remote cliff to a sea cave at low tide. We built ten wood fire pits and using the nearby washed up drift wood we set them afire with flames reaching up to six feet. The arc of the fire pits is reminiscent of a pacific island chain forming as tectonic plates shift over time.
From the other side of Rock Quarry you get a unique glimpse of the Kilauea Lighthouse. This particular evening I was treated to a cool sunset with the sun poking its light beams down at the lighthouse. I was shooting this pic when another young man (maybe 19) asked for help in his photography... so it became an educational moment as well with my teacher background kicking in naturally.
My good friend and "business partner" deals in jewelry and Hawaiiana and loaned me a bag of about 1000 sunrise shells and said, "Do something with these." Sunrise shells are only found in Hawaii and almost considered like currency. These shells can range from $10-30 or more. You do the math. :) Anyway it took me three attempts to do this piece each time taking between 5-7 hours to sort, arrange, and place each shell several layers ...high. The first time I did it, I didn't like the design. Went back a different day and I loved the design but I got rained out. Third time back was a charm as you see the results here. I just had to borrow a passing tourist to hold up my sorting board to keep the wind from blowing off the shells while I worked the camera. The title "Sunrise Sunset is borrowed from a famous song in "Fiddler on the Roof". It speaks of our life's cycle from birth to death.