Moving back into shooting, developing and printing black and white 35mm film this year, I have rediscovered my love of light and shadow and the exciting happy accidents that present themselves through the limitations of film. This recent series of imagery is my exploration of light, symmetry and landscape. The image below is titled The Symmetry of Light and was recently acknowledged by the the New York Center for Photographic Art with an honorable mention in their Geometry 2016 show.
I have been purposefully shooting film at the times of day when the sun creates the strongest shadows. Shooting directly into the sun, I capture the shapes, shadows and glares that tend to fog film, creating sometimes unwanted accidents. In the case of my work, I am embracing the grain, glare and fog of film and exploring it further by scanning the negatives and drawing connections between these rays of light.
"The Symmetry of Light" 26" x 40" Metallic Print
"The Symmetrical Web of Light and Shadow" 13" x 40" Metallic Print
"The Weeping Willows" 16" x 20" Metallic Print
As I develop these ideas further, I am beginning to mimic the fractals created in nature. Pushing the composition to imply a creasing of material directed by the rays of light. Seen in the images below, I am eager to continue to explore the geometric overlay and modifications of more negatives.
"Forest Fractals" 16" x 20" Metallic Print
I feel as if everything in my life now really relates back to being a mother. When I photograph these images, my son is always by my side, whether he is being pushed in a stroller, or walking around and exploring, he is constantly talking with me about the "birdies" that he is hearing or he points to the sky and giggles and smiles to acknowledge the leaves and the trees around us. My son is the reason why I am taking a second chance to explore the beauty surrounding us every day. Time moves so fast, unless you slow down and take the opportunity to really embrace the beauty of life and the wonderful light that we walk in each day.