Counterpoint in music is described as “the harmonic interdependence or relationship between two melodic lines whose rhythm and contour are different”.
In dance Counterpoint is described as “two (or more) choreographic fragments with different use of space, time and /or body and are executed together and make part of a choreographic unity.”
I spent much of my childhood and adult years taking ballet and modern dance classes. Martha Graham had the greatest influence on me as a dancer. She stated: “Everything that a dancer does, even in the most lyrical thing, has a definite and prescribed meaning. If it could be said in words, it would be; but outside of words, outside of painting, outside of sculpture, inside the body is an interior landscape which is revealed in movement.” Switching my major from dance to photography in college expanded my creativity and passion from the performing arts to the visual arts. A natural progression for me was to photograph dancers in my dance classes. Understanding the movements and anticipating the next steps helped me capture the expressions at key points.
After moving to California from the Midwest, I began to photograph landscapes and found meaning and inspiration while exploring the national parks. The strong lines in Yosemite and the connection to time and space was exciting to photograph. My trips to Joshua Tree gave me the feeling of being a part of a choreographed dance mixed with order and chaos. Ansel Adams once said, “Does this subject move me to feel, think, and dream?” The photos in this exhibit were selected from some of my earlier works as well as more recent images which merge together to represent the theme of Counterpoint.