Deni Cary Phillips
Deni Cary Phillips ~ Infinity Photographs
Infinity Photographs is both a definition and a goal.
It became my photographic identity when I realized the need for an artist statement. Loving the art you’re making and putting it into the world are two completely different things! So, as I considered why I wanted people to see my work, what my work had to offer, the obvious thing I looked for in subject matter, whether leaf, building, or a crack in the sidewalk, was the impulse to enter the scene—to immerse myself in some piece of mystery, and to find the light and angle to convey that feeling. I wanted to feel the timeless in every image I created, and then to share it with you. If my photographs cause you to wander in and stay awhile, that is the measure of my success.
Confessions of a life-long photo-maniac:
I've engaged in many creative hobbies in my life, and that is how photography began for me, shooting my mom's sacred Brownie box camera, then getting a Polaroid that spit out bad prints in seconds. Nothing like a little bit of instant gratification! Then the day came that I was heading out on a bird-watching expedition. I borrowed a friend's 35mm--and that was it. I was hooked. The photos were amazing. The flocks of geese I photographed lying flat on my back or belly-crawling on damp ground convinced me that there was more to photography than family holidays and vacations. A year later I held my very own 35mm camera. In those days, the less expensive way to go was slides, so I shot tray after tray, I think they held 200 frames, and subjected my friends to slide shows--at least those who would sit still for it. More than anything I wanted to process my own film, but I couldn't hack the chemicals. So that dream went by the wayside.
Fast-forward to 2006. Still shooting photos, acquiring more and more sophisticated cameras, I was headed for my first visit across the Atlantic, a life-long dream realized. I picked up a point-and-shoot Canon. It was great. Lightweight. Easy to load film into. Perfect. But it didn't produce the shots I was looking for. By my next experience abroad I was shooting DSLR. And that was the ticket. Now I could shoot all the shots there were to shoot (as long as I kept my battery full and room on the SD card), and process the photos. Before long I was learning all I could about photo-editing software, shooting raw, and seeking out my peers in the fast-growing world of digital photography.
Years of shooting film had delivered great insights into the craft. Composition, framing, cropping. Color. Contrast. Tone. Shape. Eye movement. With great joy I watched as my photographs became better and better. Until, one day, I took a chance and entered a piece into a juried show. I got in. And I continued to get in. Over the last five years my work has been seen in dozens of juried shows locally and beyond.
I feel that my photographs are ideally suited for the walls of your home, your business, or institutional settings--wherever a sense of timelessness and beauty will enhance the viewers experience.
You can often see my work on the walls of Columbia Art League, or in various locations around my home town, Columbia, Missouri, as well as online: Facebook, Instagram at InfinityPhotoDeni, Gurushots, Viewbug, Smugmug, and, of course, on my website, denicaryphillipsphotographs.com, where you can sign up for the blog, weekly pic(k), gallery notices, special offers, and the occasional freebie. I’ll consult with you on your decorating needs, and frame my work to create just the look you’re going for in your home or office.
I also work with creatives as an editor and biography consultant, design labels and marketing materials for food producers, and share studio space in downtown Columbia's art district. I welcome the opportunity to help with your writing, editing or design project.
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving."