Several years ago I began shooting seriously with a digital SLR. It was a difficult transition, because I love black and white film as well as printing in the darkroom. Seduced by color and the fantastic possibilities of technology, I plunged forward despite frustrations. My fascination dwells with all things photographic.
Deborah Almeida Land
A verse in 1 Corinthians speaks to my soul: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face”. My camera is that mirror to the world. In 2000, I began to keep a sketchbook recording images and words. Some of these photos have the words revealed on the surface, but others are more subtle and hidden. I have attempted to give pictorial life to words spoken or inspired by God. The Seen and Unseen.
EVE IN THE GARDEN OF PARADISE
Genesis I tells us the story of a perfect existence created by God for pleasure and beauty. Eve’s decision with Adam forced her from that paradise into the world, as we know it. We can only dream of that other world. These photos portray the many faces of Eve. Innocence given and innocence lost. Contemplation and calm, whirlwinds of beauty, the friction of the universe against he strength of her will. And finally banishment and flight.
The Eve Series was shot with various black and white films, predominately Kodak Infrared.
Edgar Degas believed that people were the most beautiful when they were thoroughly engaged in an activity....when they had lost self consciousness. Unltimiately, this iea him to his unique exploration of the ballet world ofThis belieff led him to the ultimate study the ballet performers.
Many of these lighting fixtures are in my home. I know that things are going well in my work when I am led to photograph the familiar in an unfamiliar way. Brassai believed that if your immediate surroundingss were not worthy to be photographed, you probably weren't living well at all. An interesting idea......