Join us for the Skillfully Curled Photography Exhibit
Photographs by Patsy Rahn
In the Backspace Gallery
112 W 6th St Bloomington, Indiana
Enter through Bonne Fete on the Courthouse Square downtownThe exhibit will be up March 1 through March 28, 2024
This exhibit contains photographs with a variety of styles and subjects, and a soundscape created from a variety of found sounds.
For The Alchemy Series, I take photos of everyday subjects and using basic editing tools, manipulate them to create entirely new images. Through this alchemical journey, the everyday photograph is used as basic material to create “the other”, a subject not found in our normal reality. The image emerges from the old into the new like a sculpture emerging from a block of stone, revealing the inner imagination of the sculptor.
For the Magic in the Mundane series, I reframe the ordinary. My goal is to capture the mystery of the moment as it appears to me in that instant. These photographs have not been manipulated.
Other photographs have various amounts of manipulation, enhancing a moment or object.
by Patsy Rahn & Pat Petro
The Soundscape contains sounds such as crickets, raking leaves, shoveling stones, hot summer night, playing basketball, and cooking oatmeal, among others. The soundscape creates an environment to view the photos but is not directly associated with them. It is an added dimension of experience. Many of these sounds were originally recorded for the Found Sound segment on the WFIU radio program Inner States. M
Patsy Rahn is a poet who takes photographs.
People often ask me to tell them about my past so I will include a
simple summary here.
After moving in 1966 to
Toronto Canada to attend the National Ballet School, I dropped out of
high school when I was 17 years old. At 18, I joined a theatre
company and for the next 18 years I worked in theatre, television and
film in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. I retired from acting and worked for a few years organizing conferences, and as an assistant for the artist Sam Francis. I then went back to
school in my 40s and earned a BA in political science from UCLA, and
went on in my 50s to earn a Masters degree in East Asian Languages and
Cultures from Indiana University. I then worked over a decade at the
IU Eskenazi Museum of Art from which I earned my final retirement.
I write both prose and poetry, give public
readings, and publish in various journals and anthologies. In 2018, I published a collection of poetry titled The Grainy Wet Soul. Photography entered my life many years ago when a friend gave me a Pentax camera and
several lenses back in the 1960s.
For many of my photographs, light on a subject is what attracts me. I often like to capture the play of light and dark. I’m interested in the micro as well as the macro and I love the exploration of the abstract in the natural world. I seem drawn to capturing the magic in the ordinary. My goal is to capture the mystery of the moment as it appears to me in that instant.
In the Galleries SKY, NATURE, OTHER, the image you see is the image I saw through my lens. In the SPX Gallery, photos of everyday objects have been manipulated to create a new image, an alchemical journey.
It is my pleasure to
offer these images for others to enjoy. If you are
interested, please visit my poetry website here.
With best wishes,
p.s. The name Skillfully Curled Photography
comes from a poem by e.e. cummings.
included the poem below.