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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Elizabeth Opalenik

Dates:  1947, 4 July -
Born:  US, PA, Sharon
Active:  US
Website:  opalenik.com
 
  
While working in diverse photographic processes, including Mordanšage, infrared, manipulated Polaroids and hand painting, Elizabeth Opalenik‘s work is unified by one sensibility that can only be described as gracefully sensual. Whether a photograph in film or digital, of a flower or nude, crafted with the camera and darkroom or secondarily in Photoshop or by paint brush, when laid out together they flow as one body of work.
 
Her innovative images using figurative and flower themes have been shown in over sixty exhibitions internationally, and profiled in most major photographic publications. A sought after teacher/lecturer, she privately leads figure and alternative process workshops in California, Provence, Tuscany, Mexico, and barges in Burgundy; she also conducts classes for The Maine Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, The British Guild of Portrait Photographers, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, National Geographic and others. Her work has been profiled in most major photographic publications and most recently she was featured in Zoom Magazine‘s 30-year anniversary issue.
 
Although committed to the wet darkroom, Elizabeth believes it doesn‘t have to be either/or and uses the digital medium when appropriate. In the hands of a creative artist, it is just another tool.
 
[Courtesy of Verve Fine Arts Gallery - 2006] 
  
Artist statement: 
  
"From the elegance of light falling on a beautifully textured wall, to the beauty of one‘s soul, my photographs seek to reveal the sensuality and serenity of the world that we inhabit both physically and spiritually. I teach with the theory that all good photographs are self-portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and memory. Photography is a way of seeing not only that which is visible to the eye, but also sensed with the heart. Through photography, I perceive, imagine and understand the world, choosing nature‘s palette as my guide. Ultimately, all comes back to seeing first and being aware of the beauty in life that surrounds us daily. For me, making art, any art, is a gift."
 
[Courtesy of Verve Fine Arts Gallery - 2006]

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Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe (NM, USA) has an exhibition of this series (Aug 31 - Oct 27, 2007)
 
  

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Interview by John Paul Caponigro as a part of his Artists on Art series (www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/lib/artists/index.php) 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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