You an Orchestra You a Bomb, explores my relationship with life itself. It is a body of work about paying attention to and appreciating the fragile present. It captures moments of awe, makes icons of the everyday, and looks at life on the threshold between magic and disaster. I have always experienced the world viscerally but this work shows a heightened awareness of the temporary nature of life. I’m trying to fathom the sacred in the split-seconds of everyday. – Cig Harvey
Instagram can sometimes come up with some wonderful suggestions for photographers to follow and that’s how I discovered Beth Kirby’s portfolio. Also realised her blog is just as beautiful. Taking the information from her about page which states:
I’m a freelance photographer, stylist, writer, and recipe developer living in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee. All of my work is inspired by the beauty of imperfection, the South, mysticism, slow living, and metaphor.
Shooting both film and digital in natural light, my work aims to capture small moments through prosaic, light driven photos. I’m largely inspired by the notion of finding the familiar in the foreign, by nesting wherever you go as well as conversely finding the exotic in the everyday, of traveling even when you’re at home. From cookery to cabinetry, coast lines to mountain ranges, I try to capture both a sense of intimacy, beauty, and adventure in all things, most especially the mundane. When I’m not behind the stove, lens, or keyboard I can usually be found combing farmers markets & flea markets alike in search of inspiration or cooking for friends in my kitchen or theirs
I photograph the landscape at night and at dawn. The camera captures the frames as stills, freezing time, regardless of the length of the exposure, and creating an image different from what the eye perceives. I like to believe that these resulting images are from a moment suspended between night and day. The camera is a mirror that allows me to see my surroundings with new eyes while at the same time becoming more aware of myself. Out at night, alone, the day’s cares recede and the sense of time fades. Allowing a heightened awareness to take over, I direct my attention to conveying the quiet and solitude of the night. It is this shift in attention, I believe, that allows me to experience the moment with a different vision. My exposure and printing decisions enable me to take the surroundings I know so well and present them as they have not been seen before. What fascinates me about this process is that magical element of surprise. I venture out in search of scenes that contain an unknown light source of have some other mysterious quality. Of course there are times when I don’t find anything. Since the night sets the stage, I never know where I will wind up. It reminds me so much of life. Bob Avakian