Nightlight is my self-portrait series: 40 photo shoots at 40 sleep-overs in 40 different rooms. I reached out to my immediate community then outward to friends of friends and beyond. I slept in 40 different places and captured well over 1200 images.
My series of images are made upon first waking in the murky blue darkness an hour before dawn, utilizing my phone as the "nightlight". All images are long exposures up to 30 seconds, I shot the entire series with a Sony a7 and Zeiss 18mm Batis lens.
The resulting self-portrait images contain ghostly double-exposures, transparent shadows, and slept-in beds. I am seen “as-is” - revealing an acceptance of time, place and self. The room is not staged; I am not coiffed nor dressed for the camera. These images are personal, yet the project is public. This paradox, a yin-yang or introvert/extrovert undercurrent entices me.
I designed and handmade a 1:12 scale diorama of one of the images. Final images of the completed diorama and behind-the-scenes images of the making of the diorama can be seen here on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/catherineslye/albums/72157667420408679
I am currently submitting this project to select galleries for showing in 2018/19. Please inquire if you have questions.
Lunar Landscapes, a new series for 2018. Twelve full moon outings planned for 2018. Long exposure landscapes by full moonlight. I'm interested in shooting the landscape by moonlight, not the moon itself. All shoots in and around Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix appears harsh and intense under the daylight sun, yet at night color becomes palatable, sultry and saturated. From dusk to deep night is a time when color reveals itself as tangible. I wanted to capture this heady mix within an urban landscape deliberately devoid of humans.
Some people have noted that the series is redolent of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s paintings of the Thames at night. Some have characterized his work as gloomy but others feel that capturing the special light at dusk is anything but gloomy because in many ways, it allows us to see more clearly what was there all along. Paradoxically, it illuminates - while the searing sun rays earlier in the day obscure.
Much of my fine art photography centers on architecture, streetscapes, city vistas - the lesser seen and unseen within a human-built framework. Night Water is my third nocturnal Phoenix series - this project focuses on the Valley’s nine canal systems, of which these photographs represent portions of three systems. Photographed 2016 and 2017.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
As night descends, the city is bathed in rich, saturated, vibrant color. Blues and purples wash the urban environment, juxtaposing the naturally occurring with the human made. What better time to photograph Phoenix in the Summer, than at night.
A collaborative photographic project. Jared’s images were created with a large-format camera whose design is rooted in the mid-19th century. His series is shot entirely on transparency film with a low rating of ISO 10. Each image required between 8 and 45 minutes of exposure. Catherine’s images are purely digital, blending the immediacy that using digital offers with the ability to photograph manually. Marshall provided the accompanying historical context. All three; Jared, Catherine and Marshall are Arizona transplants who love to call Phoenix their home.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS debuted at Chartreuse Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, September 4 - 30, 2015. Check out the following press: Chartreuse gallery adds a splash of color to Grand Avenue's expanding arts scene , Downtown Devil. 15 FAVORITE FIRST FRIDAY ART WORKS SEEN IN SEPTEMBER IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, New Times. Chartreuse Gallery Opens with ‘Hot Summer Nights’, Downtown Phoenix Journal.
"I seek to capture the beauty in the universality, even mundanity within modern human life and the human built environment in an effort to elevate disregarded settings and gestures to greatness. Expanding the liminal spaces and experiences with minimally processed photographs so as to invite an elastic sense of knowing has always been exciting and challenging. Undertaking definitive series supports my immersion in totality - physically and emotionally, allowing an unearthing of the nuanced divergences and parallelisms."
Education: BA, Liberal Arts, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN 1994
Catherine has made Phoenix, Arizona her home since 2007.
Boards, Groups, Associations:
INFOCUS Board Member / Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Women’s Photographers Group
FotoRoom Pro Member
Nightlight Kickstarter 100% Fulfilled
Exhibitions Peep Show, Studio Gallery, PHX, April 2017
Night Water, Found:RE, PHX, October 2016 - November 2017
Land, Sea & Sky, ASU College of Public Service, PHX, August - December, 2016
Framed: Land and Architecture, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, June 1 - 20, 2016
MOD AZ, Chartreuse Gallery, PHX, April 1 - 30, 2016
15th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Denton, TX, February 15 - March 9, 2016
House, Habitat, Home, ASU :College of Public Service, PHX, January - May, 2016
Feast Your Eyes, ASU : College of Public Service, PHX, August - December 2015
GRID : 10th Annual Art Show, PHX, September - October, 2015
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, Chartreuse Gallery, PHX, September 2015
This is Home (preview), Hazel & Violet PHX, March 2015
What's Grand About Grand Avenue, Frontal Lobe Gallery PHX, December 2014
DRY, R. Pela Contemporary Art, PHX, July, 2014
Our Town, Frontal Lobe Gallery, PHX, January 2014
Cementing the End, Paraguas Gallery, PHX, December 2012
My Beautiful City, Practical Art, PHX, January 2010
Select photographs in private collections.
Featured Photographer, F-Stop Magazine, August 2017
Weaving the Threads, anthology, selected, This is Home, March 2017
ART BREAK, Phoenix Magazine, February 2017 Night Water, Arizona Contractor & Community, December 2016
What Food Looks Like: Recycled City, Mother Earth News, Dec/Jan 2016
Night Water, New Landscape Photography, September 2016
Femme Fotale, Photography Book, Volume 1, February 2016
L'Oeil de la Photographie - The Eye of Photography, Reader Portfolio, July, 2015
Concrete History: Valley Sidewalk Stamps, Arizona Contractor & Community, December 2014
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