Lumens are one-of-a-kind contact photographs. Made with material laid directly on photo paper and pressed under glass, they are exposed to light for 1 to 8 hours, or even days. Prints are then fixed and washed to archival standards. No developer is used. No camera is used. Selected plants are layered together to make an expression of the landscape. Resin-coated paper produces monochromatic images. A variety of blue, pink and gold colors are achieved on fiber paper.

I began working with lumens photograms while leading nature walks in Black Mountain, NC in May 2016. At Salem College, NC, I demonstrated lumens for a photography class during the exhibition "From These Mountains: Black Mountain School, 2016" on view from February 10-March 24, 2017. On April 6, 2017, I did an all-day lumens workshop and nature walk on Folly Beach. In November 2016, I was artist-in-residence on Spring Island, SC. On March 5-6, 2018 I taught a 2-day workshop on Spring Island, SC. Images of additional work available by request.

Ash with grass flowers, Black Mountain, NC
Ash with grass flowers, Black Mountain, NC


Ash with grass flowers II, Black Mountain, NC
Ash with grass flowers II, Black Mountain, NC


Black Mountain specimens
Black Mountain specimens


Broken lily and clover, Black Mountain, NC
Broken lily and clover, Black Mountain, NC


Broken lily with black locust and clover, Black Mountain, NC
Broken lily with black locust and clover, Black Mountain, NC


Broken lily, Black Mountain, NC
Broken lily, Black Mountain, NC


Canna I, Charleston, SC
Canna I, Charleston, SC SOLD


Crepe Myrtle, Charleston, SC
Crepe Myrtle, Charleston, SC


Groundsel and dog fennel at the Shrimp Pond, Spring Island, SC
Groundsel and dog fennel at the Shrimp Pond, Spring Island, SC


Marigold, sweet potato, and ladysthumb
Marigold, sweet potato, and ladysthumb, Charleston, SC SOLD


Sassafras and dried bur-marigold, Spring Island, SC
Sassafras and dried bur-marigold, Spring Island, SC


Sassafras with grass, aster, and wineberry, Black Mountain, NC
Sassafras with grass, aster, and wineberry, Black Mountain, NC


Sassafras with grass and flowers, Black Mountain, NC
Sassafras with grass and flowers, Black Mountain, NC


Wet moss and jacquemontia, Spring Island, SC
Wet moss and jacquemontia, Spring Island, SC


White Camellias (Bailey's) II, Spring Island, SC
White Camellias (Bailey's) II, Spring Island, SC


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