TO CAPTURE A SHADOW

I initiated this body of work in response to personal loss. In silence and solitude, I began photographing the trees around me, their beauty, a balm for my sorrow.

Trees capture my interest for their individuality, their fortitude, their gifts of fruit and flowers. I spend time listening to the wind and watching the changing light.

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” 
― Kahlil Gibran

In the studio, I scratch the negatives and prints with sandpaper, chafing the surface of the negative and the print. Ironically, the damage I inflicted went beyond temperamental catharsis; it transformed into illumination.

The images are printed in platinum/palladium, a 19th century technique. These prints are 8 inches’ square printed on Kozo, a Japanese paper made from the bark of a mulberry tree. During the sanding process the fibers of the paper are rubbed off creating a three-dimensional effect. The prints are then scanned and made into larger inkjet versions printed on a Japanese paper made from bamboo. The old and new are now merged together, resulting in a new version of the previous photograph blending the best of both modern and antique photographic methods.

I am passionate about this new direction in my work. The trees themselves, their grandeur, their uncertain survival, combined with my commitment to my work, will guide my journey to capture a shadow.