Bothell, Elisabeth Courtenay
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The author describes the process of her collection thus: “The word "photography" literally means "to paint with light". I have taken this meaning a step beyond the usual bounds of photography in my study of identity. In this study, I used a method of painting with light in a more literal sense. Instead of photographing people lit naturally or by strobes, I shot people in the dark and provided the light myself. By setting the shutter speed to at least 10 seconds, and often longer, and containing the subject in a completely dark room, I was able to manipulate the figure and only let the camera see exactly what I wanted it to. This method created the effect of a bright, flowing line that surrounded the subject. The light not only created this line, but also highlighted some parts of the subject in the area of the line as a soft edge light. This lends to a ghostly appearance where only certain details of each person can be seen and identified.” The painted images were combined with words and hung in an installation to explore the identity of college-aged women.