It’s said that photography’s great strength lies in capturing ‘the moment,’ in freezing a very specific and never-to-be repeated slice of time. But for local photographer Lorraine Day, certain kinds of photography seem to abandon time altogether and blur the line between past and present, bringing the viewer up short against the eternal ‘now.’
When she first discovered the work of the traditional ‘pictorial’ photographers like Edward Steichen, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Clarence White, Lorraine was captivated by the haunting quality of the imperfect and heavily manipulated art. And for her, certain modern digital ‘photographic painters’ like Nikolay Semyonov have created a similar, although very different world outside of time. Using selective-focus lenses and in-camera technology, or using digital brushes in post-processing to ‘paint’ her photographs, she aims to follow in their footsteps and obscure the specificity of her subjects, exploring the power of photography to reveal the universal, timeless, eternal aspect of the human experience.