Liquid Light 1

Liquid Light 1

VIRGINIA RITCHIE (b. Birmingham, Alabama, 1942)

Liquid Light 1, 2001
gelatin silver print

Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
The Jack Blanton Collection
Gift of Jack Blanton

Virginia Ritchie thoughtfully considers her chosen medium and her role as a photographer: “The medium of the photographer is light. Light gives shape and form to the object that is being photographed. The control of light in exposing the film produces clarity in the photograph and contributes to the mood it communicates. The creative management of light in printing the photographed image intensifies the emotion of the image and expresses the creative ideas of the artist.”

About this particular work she says, “Two elements interact with each other and with light—water, which is liquid, and glass, which in its liquid state has been captured in solid form. I have explored ways in which light transforms these substances and, at the same time, is transformed by them.”