Mallory Lake
Artist's Statement

As living things, we are affected by light. Its quality when transmitted to the eye produces an emotional response. Sunlight stimulates, twilight calms, and nightfall lends an atmosphere of mystery.

I seek to evoke a response by my arrangement of light and dark in settings where recognizable objects merge into half-realized forms. To achieve this effect  I employ tonality—value relationships in a scale from light to dark—reserving the use of the lightest and darkest values for accents placed in contrast to the dominant tones. I use softened and variable focus, suppression of details, and a limited palette to enhance tonal unity.

Photographer Edward Steichen, a master of tonality, said, “The real magician was light itself... with its accompanying shadows rich and full of mystery.”


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