Paradox + Polarity: stories of light + dark

 Jennifer Pritchard, Scottsdale, AZ 2017

Jennifer Pritchard, Scottsdale, AZ 2017

 Ann Whittaker, Great Salt Lake, UT 2017

Ann Whittaker, Great Salt Lake, UT 2017

As photographers, we create images from a continuum of light and shadow. The way we see, the way we compose, the way we articulate a moment requires us to find common ground with the subject and with our audience. We live in a world full of people who travel along many spectrums of light and shadow, and, often, we find ourselves polarized and trying to reconcile our differences that can feel irreconcilable, like a paradox that cannot find resolution.

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We search for common ground.


Photographically grayscale is defined as a range of shades of gray without apparent color. The darkest possible shade is black, which is the total absence of transmitted or reflected light. The lightest possible shade is white, the total transmission or reflection of light at all visible wavelengths. In our examination color is a distraction. Black and white is analogous to polarity and therefore reinforces the premise of the project–searching for common ground; living in gray.

Yes, as photographers, we are chasers of light, but the intensity of the white hot light of the sun can be too blinding. We search for shade.

Yes, we appreciate that landscapes often come to life in the cool darkness of the night. We search for light.

We are restless humans–scorched and left dry by white hot light, and in the darkness we have searched to find our way. In the cool morning hours just before sunrise we savor the illumination of our subjects  for all their beauty, as light falls across the horizon line which symbolizes equilibrium to us. Or, in the evening, when the warmth of the day begins to subside and the winds ascend.

This is where we find ourselves: sunrise and sunset, seeking guidance, guiding and learning agnostic to years or patterns–ceasing to do, but simply to be and relishing the moments as they wash over us. It is peaceful. It is calm. We string these starry moments together and worship the constellations in the darkened night sky.


• We use the lens, the perspective of photography to find common ground, the gray areas.
• We approach disparate polarities to find the tension of paradox that brings life and variety to the world.
• We excavate and portray contrast, contours, contradiction, context, conflict, conversation, etc.
• We curate paradoxes and polarities of the human condition within a natural world.