Artist StatementOne should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are. – Minor White As a photographer, I am interested in how light interacts with the subject, and how the camera changes an object when photographed. In the series of flowers, I investigated these concepts in the photographed studies of flowers. I am intrigued by what makes a still life, does it have to be in the studio or can the composition be created in the subject’s natural environment? My motivation behind this project is to see how an already aesthetically pleasing subject (flowers) translates when photographed. Traditionally, still life artists have created these compositions to communicate metaphorical meanings, and the still life subject can allow the viewer to bring their own experience and symbolic meaning to the images. The viewer should enjoy the images for what they are, but also hopefully reflect on how the photographs of flowers are different than actually looking at flowers. -Cassandra Kapsos
Cassandra Kapsos was born in the Ozarks, a mountain region in northwest Arkansas. She received her MA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City in 2006 and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Cassandra has exhibited in a variety of locations from across the US. The theory of light and the process of photography has been a great interest of mine. Enjoying photographing subjects to see how the camera capture the light, she has an obsession for the color temperatures of light and how it reflects off a surface. Her process is straight photography because she likes to do all the editing in the camera. As an artist, Cassandra has a variety of experiences with the photographic medium and digital arts. She has recently been collaborating with researchers from religious studies and public health fields as a documentary photographer and book publishing. Projects include spiritual hoopers to data illustrations of Baltimore’s homicide reports. Her documentary photography work can be seen in Practical Spiritualties in the Media Age. Cassandra loves living and working in Baltimore, Maryland.