My love of photography began in grade school with a classic Brownie camera. By high school I had begun shooting landscapes, seeking to capture quiet scenes that made me pause and reflect. In college I was introduced to the magic of the dark room and began shooting in black & white. I continued my study of the medium at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine and the West Hartford Art League in West Hartford, Connecticut. I discovered infrared photography initially at a workshop offered during one of the annual Photo Expos in New York City. I began to shoot extensively using infrared film.
I was entranced by the “magic” of capturing light I could not see. For me, infrared lent a magical, ethereal feel to my landscapes by capturing light that is invisible to the naked eye, turning white whatever it reads as living and warm (tree leaves) and turning black what is cold and lifeless (water). In the early 2000’s I moved to Maine and had to give up my darkroom, just as photography seemed to become completely digital. I had all but given up on infrared when I was given a Fuji digital infrared camera by a dear friend. Using the Fuji camera, I could actually see the effects of the infrared as I was shooting. The surprise evinced when film would be developed may have been lost, but the effect that results from exposing hidden light still lends a magical sense to the landscapes before me.
The work shown includes infrared images created with analog and digital materials. The archival pigment exhibition prints were printed by Craig Stevens ~ l’Atelier on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta paper.
Susan E. Bryant
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
October 7, 2016
Susan Bryant’s work is held in private collections and has been exhibited regionally in numerous venues.