ALLI WOODS FREDERICK
Everyone and everything carries darkness within, and within that darkness lies beauty, love and honesty. These are the tales I tell – the beauty that lies hidden in the darkness…stories drawn from the depths of the heart; from histories that teeter on the verge of oblivion; from daydreams and nightmares.
I often utilize self-portraiture to explore emotions and experiences in unusual ways. Fragments of our Jungian past are archived; motes of moments that, without preservation, would fade without notice into the thin wisps of dust and fog from which fragile, half-remembered dreams are born. This is achieved through the juxtaposition of contradictory and contrasting elements in addition to the interplay of light and shadow and the manipulation of tone and texture.
Though I begin with a clear vision of the image, intuition is given free reign. Impulse is allowed to transform the photograph at any point, sometimes with camera in hand, others once editing is underway. This freedom allows for visual refinement while maintaining the original intent of the piece.
By utilizing these elements and themes, worlds are birthed through our universal experiences; weaving us together. We are united unexpectedly through victories and defeats of our shared pasts while revealing the light in darkness, our communion in suffering and its beauty, forever uniting us in our varied but common struggles and triumphs.