Dare alla Luce by Amy Friend

Issue 89

I am not specifically concerned with capturing a “concrete” reality in my photographs. I aim to use photography as a medium that explores the relationship between what is visible and non-visible.

I have continued to work on the Dare alla Luce series over a period of time; initially responding to a collection of vintage photographs, retrieved from a variety of sources. In my most recent imagery, I specifically sourced portrait photographs. Each subject engages with the camera differently; sometimes the gaze is direct while some subjects appear vacant, offering alternative interpretations to these portraits.

Through hand-manipulated interventions I alter and subsequently re-photograph the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also on the fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily. By employing the tools of photography, I “re-use” light, allowing it to shine through the holes. In a playful and yet, literal manner, I return the subjects of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. I play with the light and use it metaphorically allowing for new readings, sometimes through heavy-handed applications and at other times delicately.

The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light” in reference to birth.

The title of each piece is significant; some titles were taken directly from the notations found written on the photographs, yet those without any indication of provenance were titled to reference the nuances of photography as a medium and the manner in which we interact with these images.

As I continue to work on this series, I more aware and engaged with each image and the weight each photograph carries. They, these strangers are known and unknown. These photographs are fragments of everything and nothing.

Amy Friend lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
To view more of Amy's work, please visit her website.

 Are we Stardust?

Are we Stardust?

 
 Our baby girl

Our baby girl

 
 My sister

My sister

 
 Before the War

Before the War

 
 Atlantic City, 1948

Atlantic City, 1948

 
 Lake Rousseau, 1931

Lake Rousseau, 1931

 
 Thomas Jack Willis

Thomas Jack Willis

 
 And the light shines in darkness; and darkness comprehended it not

And the light shines in darkness; and darkness comprehended it not

 
 The Guardian

The Guardian

 
 We Are Reflections

We Are Reflections

 
 I dream of that day

I dream of that day

 
 Ruth, October, 1936

Ruth, October, 1936

 
 We Are the Spirit Rappers

We Are the Spirit Rappers

 
 On the lake at sunset

On the lake at sunset

 
 I remember that place

I remember that place

 
 Unknown Man

Unknown Man

 
 Eva

Eva

 
 Niagara, 1949

Niagara, 1949

 
 What is done in the darkness will be brought to the light

What is done in the darkness will be brought to the light