Debbie Rasiel Statement

( bio / statement / work )

As a stamp collector collects stamps, I collect moments in time–moments that are easily missed, but when frozen by the release of a camera’s shutter become visual records worthy of consideration. Rather than pursue dramatic subjects, I look for mundane objects and familiar landscapes. From a different angle, at a different time of day, and in a different setting the ordinary can become extraordinary.

I learned to photograph in the late seventies using a 35mm camera and shot with film until the early 2000s. Since 2007 I’ve worked exclusively with a digital camera. Although my time in the dark room has been replaced by time spent on the computer, I haven’t lost my passion for the beauty of a well-executed print. For me, “the web” will never replace the tactile quality of beautiful paper and the immediacy of holding an image in my hands.

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