Deni Cary Phillips
‘Photographs’ is an unusual word, both noun and verb—a thing and an action. The tool we use to take a photograph is also unique; the camera captures time.
Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (about 500 BCE), is attributed with the notion that, to paraphrase, “You can’t step in the same river twice.” I feel the same way about photographs. When air, light, or seasons change, so do the subjects. I feel privileged to see these changes through the lens, framing and shooting a moment, a memory.
Like so many others, I have spent the better part of my life taking pictures, learning to operate each new camera, moving from film to digital. Things change, and while I like the ‘old school’ results, the ‘new’ is such fun due to the immediate gratification!
With a camera in hand, I can’t constrict myself to one subject, so I shoot landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, the juxtaposition of old and new, still life, flowers, the generosity of a tree’s spreading branches, the sway of wheat in a field, beating wings, ancient architecture, history, pathways and byways, and the ever changing sky.
Bringing my photographs into galleries is the next step in my life as artist, which includes word art (writing!), media art (graphic and marketing design), and house design and decorating.
I have lived in Columbia Missouri since 1978, raised two children to adulthood and worked for a number of not-for-profits. The opportunity to travel has taken me to all but a few of the States and to Europe on several occasions, so you’re likely to see a few iconic landmarks among my collection. Many were taken on lonely back roads, in hidden lanes, or viewed from the sea.
Like all art, a photograph invites the viewer on a journey into imagination. Come with me on a journey that begins with a moment, but lasts a lifetime.