Greetings to all!
As most of you know, I have just recently moved (yet again!) to the colorful state of Washington.
Most of my years have been spent in Colorado, with a three-year stint in Brooklyn N.Y. that forced me as a photographer to make some decisions about where my work would or should be going. At the end of September I graduated with a second degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado. Now I find myself, true to form, in a completely new place. And my explorations of this new scene have left me feeling grateful for the Fall season, and engulfed in everything fresh and strange and exciting.
After shooting under the extreme eye of higher education, and my amazing peers, I have started and continued projects that were born on late nights when I couldn’t sleep. Selfishly, I held them close to heart, and focused on the expectations and parameters of finishing my degree. I knew that a time would come when, properly nurtured over time, my personal projects would become full-grown.
One of my favorite of these ideas, thought up over the last two years, is a book of ‘Love Letters’.
It contains 11 images coupled with corresponding letters. All these letters have been written to real people over time; my friends or family, but never mailed. These letters have never been discarded. (Either from severe pack rat disorder, or a faith that eventually they would find a way out of my desk drawer.) My first volume of this book made its debut at my graduation presentation, and then again at a gallery show hosted by Myself and a dear friend and colleague, Michelle Knudsen. The show took place at The Grant Street Mansion and displayed 11 of the 16 graduates from the Summer 2009 session at the Art Institute of Colorado. Our turn out for the show was spectacular, and the response concerning the ‘letters’ was extremely positive. My pride over these very personal expressions gave me the faith to keep it going. It created in me a deep desire to continue sharing.
I have begun to settle into my new home, and found that there is a natural space between graduation and a comfortable routine here. I must learn my way around the area, make new friends, and commit to an amazing new chapter, and it occurs to me that there will always be letters to write, people that I am missing, and stories that need to be told. I am blessed to have people who love me scattered across the country and some flung much further. ….
My desire is to use the letters to bring me closer to those that I am longing for, and to make my images available in the everyday. This is my attempt to shorten the distance.
“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I am going to take tomorrow.” Imogen Cunningham
(Comments and questions about the work are welcome. Any input will be addressed, and as my client base grows here I will share not only my letters, but a full gamut of imagery. I am a portrait photographer dealing in editorial and Fine Art, new-born photography, and scenic captures.)For my company website please visit http://www.seraphimfire.com and thank you for your time and attention.Keep checking http://www.seraphimfirephotography.wordpress.com for new work;
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