There is a certain slant of light
There’s a certain slant of light is a small body of photographic work about sunlight in winter. It was initiated by my experiences of the dark, cold winter months of January and February, where I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. This work is a visual meditation on the power and beauty of light in the winter, taken from within the confines of my own home. The work depicts sunlight in winter as it falls on a variety of domestic surfaces. I created these images because the natural sunlight makes ordinary surfaces luminous and beautiful. Sunlight maintains all forms of light on Earth, and yet we often take it for granted. These images remind us that sunlight is essential to our mental and physical well-being. Without it, we would not exist.
This work was inspired by two poems, There’s a Certain Slant of Light (320) by Victorian poet Emily Dickinson and Winter Sun by contemporary poet Molly Fisk. The former was first published in 1890 and the latter in 2010. In making this series, I explored the work of contemporary photographers
Uta Barth, Alexander Harding, Marjolaine Ryley, Rinko Kawauchi and also the late Canadian photo-realistic painter Mary Pratt.