Radiant Beings

Joyce Tenneson has spent the better part of her career looking inward – trying to peel back the surface veneer of an individual or object and look for its essence. Photography’s strength, as well as its limitation, is that it provides the viewer with a precise visual of what is in front of the camera lens. It is a visual likeness shown in two dimensions. What preoccupies many significant photographers are more complex issues. What does something feel like? What is behind the immediate surface? When what is photographed has changed – how does it change? What is the complex relationship between photography and memory? And in what way can a photograph have a deeper meaning? In more general terms – how can a photographer expand the significance of what they see beyond the static image?

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