The VC Art Gallery: A series of articles showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does, and a challenge for you to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creativity possibilities for everyone.
Curated by April Bullard
Peggy is a life-long writer and photographer. She still remembers the little square plastic Kodak camera she bought for eight dollars as a young girl, when she dreamed of working for National Geographic Magazine. That camera is long gone, but she insists on keeping the first and only SLR film camera she owned: a no-frills Pentax, which assisted with her art degree, traveled to Ireland, and documented her son’s early years. She loves the freedom and immediacy of digital photography, but still thinks watching an image emerging on the surface of a sheet of paper in a darkroom tray is nothing short of magic.
Peggy has been published in Edible Portland, Cooking Up a Story, Alltopia, and Savor: An Anthology. Her photographs have been published in VoiceCatcher5 and 6, in a middle school environmental textbook, in garden center trade magazines, and on a variety of websites.
What I do and why I do it:
“I love the idea that we all have stories that are unique and at the same time universal; personal and yet recognizable to each other. Photography in particular has the ability to select and hold fast a single moment that reveals so much that remains beyond words. It’s powerful magic, truly. I have seen photographs that have stopped my breath or made me gasp—sometimes for their sheer visual beauty, or because they expressed a raw and powerfully emotional truth. I feel I am a witness, trying to locate those quiet, starkly expressive and poignant moments that tell a larger story.”
“In Her Mother’s Footsteps”
“Because we can’t see the expression on their faces, we have to try to find clues from their postures. I am intrigued by the sort of mirror of the child in the foreground and the woman walking away in the distance. It is ambiguous and mysterious.”
“I like the sense of movement all around the watcher—clearly portraying the hurrying rush of the subway; yet, in the midst of it, the woman is still, waiting, watching.”
“I was drawn to the sense of animation in an architectural detail: the meditative repetition of the curved lotus petal design on the stark, flat wall of a Buddhist temple.”
What’s next for Peggy?
Peggy has a few projects currently in the works with photography and writing— separately and in combination. She’s also exploring some new directions and publishing options, even possibly a return to the long-dormant painting studio.
The Artist Challenge:
Look for those quiet, micro-moments that exist amidst the busyness of everyday life. Capture those detailed fragments that hold an abundance of meaning, and bring them to the forefront in whatever media you are working in. Then share your moment with the VC community.