Into the Light
Framed print (17×23”) black frame, white mat
If you’ve ever wandered the main drag in downtown Mission, BC you may have noticed this semi-alleyway with several interesting stores on either side. The stairs lead to a lane behind the stores. I witnessed a person dash out of a store & up the stairs – a situation too unexpected to capture on camera. I waited for a while but no other person came along to duplicate the scene. Having no other subject I set up my tripod, set the camera for maximum depth of field and tripped the shutter for the 10 second timer and ran up the stairs myself. As luck would have it, I made it to the top just as the 10 seconds were up.
What do I love about this image? I edited it to bring out the texture on the stairs and the stark contrast between light & shadow. I loved the symmetry and the balance created by the gate at the top left of the stairs and my moving body on the right-hand side. Most importantly, I found this image to be an allegory – not just about a person in a hurry running up the stairs, but a person emerging from the shadows and dark, murky challenges of life – taking that first step into a new reality.
I am a visual artist and educator living in Rosedale with 3 dogs & one cat. To express my creativity, I use photography. Consequently, I belong to several local artists’ and photography groups. These include the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, since 2009 and the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club since 1996.
I teach entry level photography at the Chilliwack Cultural Center. In the summer, I co-ordinate the photography team for the Harrison Festival of the Arts.
My work has been displayed many places in the Fraser Valley. The O’Connor Art Gallery, Chilliwack Museum, the Royal Hotel, the Chilliwack Regional District office and the Chilliwack Art Room. In Abbotsford, the Kariton House Gallery and the Art & Wine Walk. As well as the Mission Art Gallery and Harrison Festival of the Arts
I have been published internationally in calendars, (Prospera Credit Union & Multi-faith). And magazines (Bluegrass North).
My fine art images are inspired by the world before me. Allowing me to see the marvelous in the mundane, the magic in a moment. Then share my vision with the viewer.
Above all, a passion for portraiture emerged when I recognized a desire to reveal their own personal ‘beauty’. Certainly, to embrace and celebrate the amazing person they are, at any age! The portraits I create are not just about a pretty face and nice lighting. Your shoot should reflect your story, to show you as you are, or how you wish to be!
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