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.
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.
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.