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Looking for hidden magic with the eyes full of wonder: Paloma Dooley

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Paloma Dooley lives and works in upstate New York. She holds a BA in photography from Bard College.

In 2016, she completed a monthlong residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

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About ‘Plain Sight’:

Plain Sight‘ is my attempt to mine the detail of the landscape around me in search of hidden magic. These are places in the landscape that fill me with wonder; I am glad to know that they exist in this world and I am grateful that photography gives me a way to keep them.

Using an 8×10 camera is a way to lend permanence to detail and light–qualities that are usually fleeting.  It is a way to collect the uncollectable,  especially when what you want to keep is not something you can truly have or hold.

The large format camera is a demanding but generous medium and it always gives me more than I ask for.

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At the heart of my visual fascination is my love for photography’s dual powers of representation and transformation.  Seeing and photographing are ways to coax mystery out of its hiding place.

I want the images to feel as true and uncanny as the landscape I traveled to find them, and I want to share the joy of having seen them at all.

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www.palomadooley.net

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Words by
Luca
Published on
2 January 2017
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