The Architect called Light
My project is to explore the idea of Light as an architect, the creator of forms and spaces. American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) sensed “Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.”
The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University was designed in 1962 by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), a pioneer of modern architecture. It is Light, however, that molds the raw concrete building material into beautiful lines and forms. It is Light that defines the strength of the columns that effortlessly lift the geometric volumes of studio space up off the street level. And it is Light that leads me inward to a seat of stillness. My photographic techniques are single and multiple exposures, black and white filters and color shifts offered by the Fuji X4 camera, Lightroom and Photoshop.
Edie Clifford is a Boston, Massachusetts-based photographer grounded in the man-made environment. I am most apt to gain an understanding of a place or culture from reading the built environment and seeing how people live in and interact with it, and indeed are defined by it. My photography has been influenced by my professional work in the field of historic preservation through which I have developed skills to read the historical and contemporary landscapes that resonate deeply within me.
Over the last several years I find myself seeking to portray the essence of place, a metaphor if you will, rather than merely recording it with my camera. I shoot in both black and white and color and use single and multiple-exposure techniques that allow me to abstract architectural spaces and forms to convey my thoughts and feelings. I am influenced by my training with British photographers Valda Bailey, Doug Chinnery and Paul Sanders. I seem to be following the path that Paul Klee defined: “Art does not reproduce the visible but makes it visible.”
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