Photo: Dafne Nicou

“Color has a reality in itself, a life of its own”.  Fernand Leger

I grew up in a large old Victorian house in San Francisco where every room paid homage to a color in the rainbow.  It was a bright rambling house full of light, emotion, warmth and inspiration.   Every room told a story, glowing like jewels in magentas, emerald greens, blues, yellows and violets.   These colors and light were woven into the tapestry of my every day life- a life as seen through a Technicolor lens.

With a love of taking pictures and telling stories, I moved to NYC after graduating from Georgetown University with majors in Art History and Fine Arts. I worked for 12 years as a director and producer for MTV’s True Life Documentary series. In 2007, with several awards and nominations under my belt, I left the world of documentary film-making and dove into still photography.

My passion for an emotional narrative and seeking the inner light in my subjects lead me to portraiture. I love shooting with natural light, the way the sun illuminates hair, and creates shadows.  Hazy veils, and sun bursts add mystery and movement.

Combining my love for color and obsession with light, I also began shooting landscapes, horizons and beaches long after my subjects have left. I have a fascination with water and sky- the way they illuminated each other and engage in a sort of dance as the sun goes down.  Wrapping up in each other, sharing reflections-  each element creates its own depth, layer, story- sometimes in breath-like thinness and other times stretching out infinitely, thick and suffocating but always eliciting an emotion. Each image has a narrative, a life of its own, and always keeps the viewer wondering by engaging the eye again and again.  Using various focal lengths, exposures and time lapses, I photograph the light at dusk, a time that is moody, vibrant, reflective and alive. Capturing the light during this transitive moment and then further enhancing, layering and modulating the colors has resulted in glowing, abstract, atmospheric photographs that are painterly and almost palpable.