Florida Etudes

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Photography: 2000 - 2003

All of the images in this portfolio were photographed in the Ormond Beach area, in and around Tomoka State Park.

Often, a certain piece of music will stimulate a photographic journey for me. The intricate piano pieces and brevity found in Chopin's Études was part of the stimulus for these simple, yet complex abstract images. They were photographed during earlier times of the day to capture highlights with deep, shadow-filled passages. Much of this portfolio has to do with death or dying found in nature, as this was the first body of work I created after my husband died of cancer. I was committed to an exhibit of new work, but I had to do it alone for the first time in my life, so I had to devise a new way of working. I think my choice of doing pieces of smaller scope probably reflects the fact that my world in some ways seemed smaller, but in other ways, felt larger. I found my attention captured by tiny details adrift in a larger world—the background out of focus and unknown. I see 'Florida Études' as a continuation of my involvement with the abstraction of 'Clay Walls' and 'Shore Patterns.'

Exhibited:

  • The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Arts on Douglas Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Print size:

  • 15.5 x 15.5 inches

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