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Photography has been my way of discovering, exploring and relating to the environment since my first darkroom experience in the late 70's. Utilizing the raw purity of black and white photography is intrinsic to my art. As my work progresses through a variety of stages, it is as if I am in essence searching for that dream in the back of my mind!

I continue to work with traditional photograph processes. This keeps me feeling connected to the history of photography and the photographic masters of the past. I shoot with 35mm black and white film (often infra red) and develop and print in my 'wet' darkroom. I later enrich the photograph with my hand painting techniques. This allows me to amplify the mystique and intrigue of a particular scene, enhancing the emotional and spiritual content with the paint.

All images are printed full-frame, indicated by the…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 30
  • Joined January 13, 2007

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paint, oil, fix, bleach, infrared, silver

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About

Photography has been my way of discovering, exploring and relating to the environment since my first darkroom experience in the late 70's. Utilizing the raw purity of black and white photography is intrinsic to my art. As my work progresses through a variety of stages, it is as if I am in essence searching for that dream in the back of my mind!

I continue to work with traditional photograph processes. This keeps me feeling connected to the history of photography and the photographic masters of the past. I shoot with 35mm black and white film (often infra red) and develop and print in my 'wet' darkroom. I later enrich the photograph with my hand painting techniques. This allows me to amplify the mystique and intrigue of a particular scene, enhancing the emotional and spiritual content with the paint.

All images are printed full-frame, indicated by the black edge around each image. In other words, I do not do any cropping other than with my camera. I like to see and connect with everything in the frame aiding me in my purity of vision.

I then apply paint (essentially oil, but also including watercolor dye, pencil, pastel and/or crayon) directly to the surface of the silver gelatin print, primarily using cotton and cotton swabs.

I also continue to experiment with heavy paint application using techniques acquired through the teachings of Holly Roberts. This work is very personal and cathartic!

You can read more on my website at http://PadgettMcFeely.com/.

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to your comments!

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