Absence of Light

Karilyn Johansen is a graphic arts student at the Mason Gross School for the Arts, but she is someone to keep an eye one.

In an exhibit of black-and white-photographs at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, Ms. Johanesen explores the camera’s ability to capture the absence of light.

She asks the question: if photography is drawing with light, can the absence of light be just as important as the recorded light (or perhaps more important)?   Each photograph is a narrative, a scene, and perhaps even a mystery. The chosen light source illuminates clues as to what is in the blackness.

Ms. Johanesen believes that often the true gift of a photograph is not the record of reality, but what must be interpreted and imagined from this record.

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