This body of work reflects upon my imaginations and dreams. I am most influenced by American Painters Thomas Cole and William Sidney Mount. Cole depicts landscapes as representations of God's creation. Mount's painting Eel Spearing at Setauket, is a scene from the patron's childhood. In the scene, an enslaved woman teaches the young boy how to eel spear by looking for the diamond of the eye -- a phrase signifying that there is light in darkness.


For this series I set out to visit wooded areas during the darkest time of the day. I use a high ISO to capture the light I cannot see with my naked eye, a metaphor for the light that exists within my own darkness. The landscape is then transformed from a darkness to light. The process of photographing in this way creates a new impressionistic landscape that connects to painting as much as photography, as well as my own transformation from darkness to light.