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Angie Cook

Isabel Allende writes in her autobiographical narrative, Paula, that she creates her life as she writes, that what she does not capture in writing will be eventually erased by time. Photography is, for me, my attempt to capture the personal visual memories that will eventually be erased by time. I view life holistically; that is, I see the bridges that join various subjects and disciplines rather than the gaps that deparate them. Writing and photography illuminate and complement each other. They are pieces of the same puzzle: they communicate fleeting emotions, experiences--memories--to their audiences, and in return, those fleeting experiences become fixed for me as well as for the viewer. Viewing my images is, in a way, entering my memories, my emotions, my experiences, my life.

I choose to capture my images in black and white because I am compelled by the texture, the repetition, and the mystery they both capture and create. I love the depth of black and white images; an image that is seemingly straightforward and simple when I snap the shutter will often exhibit layers of translation in the final image. The shadows of black and white create an atmosphere that is nonexistent in the initial colored image of my lens. The surprise of the final product--capturing something I didn't see when I initially took the picture--makes black and white photography my passion.

I photograph to attempt to capture and to illuminate the experiences and the enviroment around me before these experiences are inevitably erased by time. I cannot not photograph.

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