Photography takes its name from two Greek roots: to "draw" (graph) with "light" (photo). More often expressed as "painting with light", photography relies (or did before the advent of hand-colored B&W postcards in the late 19th Century) on the full range of visible (and sometimes not visible) light captured in the original image(s).

For this collection I have chosen an eclectic selction of my images in which the colors I found in the camera's finder - without any manipulation or recoloring - make the meaning and beauty of the image.

This raises an important caveat about any visual art - still or video photograph, painting, textiles, sclpture: what the viewer percieves is heavily influenced, even transformed, by illumination of that art.

Speaking narrowly of photograpy, the artist generally has absolutely no control over how her work will be illiminated. Whether it is intended to be a personal portrait on an electroluminescent smart phone screen or a 45 foot street mural on a concrete block wall under flourscent lamps, the objective appearance of any photograph (i.e. its measurable illumination as opposed to observers' differing physiological, psychological, and intellectual abilities to perceive) will be conditioned at least as much by its presentation as by the creative work of the photographer.

To assure that a photograph leaves the studio with some slim chance of being publicly perceived as it was conceived, serous photographers maintain scrpulously lab-like working condiions: controlled intensity and color of room lights, calibrated displays and printers for proofing, and well-practiced eyes constantly comparing the manifest image on screen or print to the most permenant, least reliable reference - that which is engraved into the artist's memory.

So, as in all art, there is no right or worng to a photograph. It may or may not conform to your exepctations of the subject. It may or may not represent some actual visual state, no matter how uncommon (e.g. dry lightneing dust storm during a lunar elclipse).

Look, absorb, consider - like or not like; it's your choice. And these are mine.

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