Artist's Statement

As a novelist, I am driven by a need to both capture and preserve the small moments of life with language. And even when my medium shifts from writing to photography, my artistic goals remain the same. I am fascinated by the fleeting moment, by the ability a camera gives me to seize (and preserve) the ephemeral. As a mother of two young daughters, I am particularly enthralled by the transitory nature of childhood. And while fiction necessitates a certain artifice, I strive for truth in my images. None of my photos are staged. They are all candid shots taken during typical days in our typical lives, and my hope is that they reflect not only my reverence for the transience of childhood but also the extraordinary beauty of the ordinary moment. This is a peek inside my ephemera files.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Camera Obscura

This summer, the girls were invited to LA to make a short by film directed by the lovely Kai Beverly-Whittemore based on the novel, The Effects of Light, written by her sister, and my dear friend, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. The film is called "Camera Obscura." It is about two sisters growing up as models for a fine arts photographer; it is also about controversy and tragedy and the definition of art. It features my amazing girls (as well as my photography). I am so proud of the work they all did. It is truly a gorgeous, gorgeous film. (Make sure you watch the trailer!)

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