Valerie Coffin Price
My use of photography originally comes from the desire to paint and create landscapes which are of that time. Recording the action, the moment, in order to be able to return to over and over again.
One moment, captured. An essence of that time, that action, that thought. Photography is a means for the recording and remembering of how things were, how things are and how things can be. For my practice, photography is a way to portray my ideas. Concepts and ideas push my work forward.
Shadow and light. Mirrors with memories. Photography frightens me but manages to fascinate me. The ability to hold in one hand something which is representative of hundreds of years of thinking and thousands of individual thoughts is absolutely beautiful. This tiny object which withstands constant scrutiny. Made by me, for me, yet consumed by many more now and over time to come.
Process driven, I am interested in the way that the viewer sees my work and how the placement and formation of the individual objects and subjects can influence the understanding of the work.
Unashamedly searching for the beauty in the everyday, my work seeks to display and record the defining moments and those ongoing things in the world that are forgotten or lost, every second of the day, every blink of the eye.
Dealing with issues of fragility and beauty, time and memory, the work shown in this portfolio spans a thirteen year period and records the progression of a single idea; the idea of photographing the 'shadow' of things.
Much unseen is also here.