As imagens de Harding tem uma potente simplicidade filosófica: o ato de olhar a própria luz e percebendo-a como presença, corpórea e espiritual, dar a vê-la enquanto ser e não enquanto meio. Figuraum paradoxo, a luz é invisível aos nossos olhos, mas não aos olhos da câmera, de maneira que suas cenas naturalistas são visões do artificio. Com sua obra, Harding formula um trabalho poético que transita entre diferentes campos do conhecimento e da ciência, especialmente a ótica.
“Through my work I explore the sun’s physical presence and quantitative character, attempting to give sunlight an environment to travel within and record its behaviors. I primarily use photography to make my work as its apparatus promotes a very critical and literal type of visual perception and it is processes are controlled by light itself. The word “Photography” most closely translates to “writing or drawing in light”. I think of my photographs in this way; not as only a visual record of a moment in time but as images created by light. Events in light are unique, organic and fleeting. This being the case, I do not attempt to reproduce these events. I can only shape the environment the sun enters and the amount of light hat strikes the film within a period of time.
What I hope viewers attain from my work is a sense of the marvel that light is. Through my work I wish to remain grateful to light, which enables our ability to see, reminding us that perception itself is a gift.” Edited Artist Statement