Shadows and Silhouettes: Nothing is Explained
I began this series of photographs by accident. I found my old light table (originally used for looking at slides and negatives) and discovered it was the perfect back-lit stage for my toys and figurines, transforming them into mysterious, fanciful shadows and silhouettes. It’s the sheer wonder of catching an image, separate and devoid of its origin.
The simplicity of shadows and silhouettes, as well as its limitations, let me explore unlikely possibilities and create fanciful, dreamlike photographs in mischievous ways. The contrast of black and white is both mysterious and beautiful.
The themes that recur in my work are irony, fantasy and human behavior. The small-scale images create an atmosphere of quiet luminosity.
Nadine Wallack started as an oil painter in New York City. In 1970 she moved to Massachusetts where painting and drawing continued to be her medium. Wanting to investigate her new surroundings she began to photograph near her studio in Boston’s South End and found a new passion in street photography.
As a street photographer she captured life as an observer photographing people unaware of her picture taking. However, with a desire to have more creative control, Wallack began to photograph the objects she’d been collecting for years in her studio. Antiques, toys, and figurines are now her main source of imagery.
Humor is an important element in her work. It’s the sense of scale, body language, and the limitations of these toys and figurines that capture her imagination. She uses them to create a sense of mystery and beauty.
Contact Nadine Wallack