Holly Fischer hand builds ceramic sculptures with white stoneware clay. I set the aperture of my telephoto lens wide open in order to shoot close to the objects using ambient gallery lighting and to create an ambiguous sense of scale with a narrow depth of field. Her work in the exhibit represented here is all natural white ceramic. Any darker tonality is created in the editing process.
The play between gallery spot lights and the folded surfaces of her sculptures created a complex geography of shadows and light: shadows on shadows, light on shadow, light on light, for close shifts of grey tones. In some instances I applied a solarization filter to reverse tonality (light to dark and dark to light) and a mezzotint filter during editing for a grainy textural appearance. In either case the sculptures were delightful subjects for my black and white compositions.