As far back as college, I began to experiment with expressionist and surreal imagery in the wet darkroom, but due to various constraints, never really explored those lines of visual enquiry. My teacher Nancy Rotenberg showed me how to do in-camera multiples when I was still working with film on the cusp of the digital age and I thoroughly embraced that form of image-making. At two workshops at the Hui Ho‘olana in 2013 and 2014, Jack Davis and Lynette Sheppard opened for me Pandora’s Box of magic using iPhone and iPad apps.
I have struggled for years how the categorize this body of work. While every piece starts out with at least one photograph (but, frequently several) all undergo much wand-waving, either on my electronic devices or in Photoshop. What comes out in the end is a dance with my imagination, and these pieces are probably the most internalized of all my creations. Sometimes I know exactly what I want the image to be before I start, but just as often serendipity takes over to lead me down the rabbit hole to places I never dreamed existed.
Some pieces show with more than one date. In such cases the first date is the of the original photography, and the second when my “special sauce” was applied.