CECILIA MCDOWELL — ARTIST .
I was an artist before I had a medium; I considered myself an artist from such a young age I barely knew what the word meant. Looking back, I can't recall a time when I didn't instinctively view the world through an internal lens, which evolved naturally into a passion for photography as I came of age. Paired with a love of travel and an insatiable curiosity, I suppose it was to be expected that a highly visual person with a bad case of wanderlust would pack up passport and camera and doc martens, determined to get well and truly lost in order to see what she might find. .
Behind a lens, I am patient, I am quiet, I am still — all things I am not without that filtered distance. Photography is my way of making sense of the world... of stopping time... of seeing truths... and of capturing light, always the light. The light is the reason I photograph; it has often been the singular subject of images purpose shot for The Red Thread of Fate series. The play of light and shadow will always enchant me, whether I am capturing the light, creating it in a studio, or even shaping patterns in light, as a former fire artist. .
Being actively engaged in creation brings out the best in me, something temporarily forgotten during the exile years of health problems, loss, and unusable, ceiling-less studios. A part of me — a vital part — went dormant during that time, forgotten... and the 141 days of collaborative 'creative defiance' brought me back from the artistic dead. I am beyond grateful to my co-conspirator Jodi, and to this project for its creative necromancy abilities. These are my favourite images today: the genesis of an idea, a namesake, a refuge, a map, a quiet moment, a dryad, a choice, a holy river, a benediction, a vow. . . .
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