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Rezny, Mary

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For the last 25 years I have enjoyed a creative career as a fine art photographer. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, I exhibit my art in local and regional galleries and in juried exhibitions and have had several solo exhibits; most recently "Photograms and Assemblages" at Logsdon 1909 Gallery, Chicago, IL. I was thrilled with the recent purchase and display of three of my photograms by the University of Kentucky Art Museum. These were exhibited last summer in conjunction with a national woman printmaker's exhibit: "Prints by Women."

My commercial specialty is to photograph fine art for museums, galleries, collectors and individual artists. These images have appeared in countless books, brochures and announcements. The Speed Museum of Art (Louisville) new handbook is a good example of my commercial work. For additional information please contact me at

I enjoy taking a simple object and turning it into something extraordinary to look at. Inspired with organic images from the garden, I use two techniques to capture and transcend nature's beauty.

I have been exploring the low tech imagery of the photogram. A photogram is a technique that utilizes light sensitive paper without the use of a camera or film, enlargers or computers. I begin with interesting organic objects and arrange them on traditional B&W paper. The paper is then exposed to natural light and the weather, (sun or rain, hot or cold) for long periods. The exposed image is stopped, fixed and washed in a traditional photographic process. The results are magical! The subtle blending of light and shadow mixing with muted tones found deep within the B&W emulsions are unlike anything I have found with conventional B&W enlargements or with any digital and laser prints. With applied color I continue to push the dynamics of these images.

In addition to this technique, I use my camera to "de-construct" objects. I take many, many images of one subject as it passes through time and place. These images are then re-assembled and layered (up to three inches in depth) into dynamic dimensional views.

With each of these methods the photograph of the flower now transforms time. The "ephemeral becomes the ethereal" as the short lived flower transcends the moment...
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