Digital Photography by Kristin Doner
I love to look at things, and the camera is a great tool for looking. It isolates ideas and expresses a vision surprisingly far removed from the original location and circumstances. Similar to an author's narrative, a photographer can crop out bits of reality until a new narrative is formed. Closely cropping shots of isolated bits of deteriorating elements is a favorite theme for me. When I'm shooting photos, I'm looking for paintings. Beautiful little compositions that get overlooked because of everything around it. Happenstance determines positioning, oxidation provides the coloring, time lends character, and I zoom in to capture the composition.
I also love the feeling of creating a new narrative for something familiar, and this becomes the launching point for further exploration in my digital remix. By completely changing how you look at trash or seaweed, it somehow has new potential.
These kaleidoscope-like images feature and emphasize lines and shadows, which are basic building blocks in making art. My camera is always close at hand (my phone now), and on it at any given time you'll find photos of texture, mysterious shapes and shadows, flowers and fascinating plants.