In the simplest of terms, photography is a recording of how light falls across the surface of the subject. The works in Surface Tension are visual accounts of my investigations with seeing rather than looking. I live in the country surrounded by farmland. This is a relatively new experience for me. I find myself mesmerized by the little gifts that show up on my porch or in my yard. Artifacts of life that are ever present but often overlooked. I began collecting these treasures and taking a much closer look at them. The evaluation process continued to delve deeper as I got closer and closer. The images reflect this inspection; the pause in the hustle of the daily grind to stop and see the wasp (rather than smell the roses!) The copperplate photogravure process renders shadow detail in a way that I have yet to experience with any other photographic process. The literal depth created by the etching renders textures in a manner that appears physical. By combining these two elements, I am able to craft a print that expresses the wonder and delight of seeing the little things and making art.
Last spring's nest
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