Oyster Mushroom series

The oyster mushrooms captured my imagination because of their bizarre shapes, alien textures and indicate detail. To create the best images, my preference is the brown and pink color varieties of the oyster mushroom; however, with creativity I am able to capture unique images with blue and grey color varieties. I source the fresh mushrooms at my local farmer’s market. I am always on the lookout for other wild mushroom varieties to use in the creation of my artwork.

To compose the image, I experiment with the position of the mushroom cluster. This leads to the opportunity of multiple unique images from the same cluster. The subject is best presented against a rich black background. Prior to clicking the shutter, I pay careful attention to the focus, the quality of lighting and anticipate printing the image in the darkroom. To round out my artistic expression, I use my darkroom skills (i.e., filters, dodging, burning, etc.) to create depth and warmth in the subject. I present the image in a square format as this allows the mushroom cluster to monopolize the space. Since my film camera produces a rectangle negative, I keep this in mind when shooting the image to allow for ease of cropping during printing.

Rather than titling each image, I number the images sequentially to allow the viewer to form their own interpretation.

Publications

January 2014. Reviewed in arte fotografico (Spain)

In 2014, I was invited to have ten images from my mushroom series featured in the Spanish magazine ‘arte fotografico‘ along with thirteen other international photographers. This edition of the magazine features still life images. This is a true honor and represents another significant development in my photography career.

Awards and Recognition

– 2017 ND Awards, Neutral Density Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Fine Art, Abstract Selected Images from Dejeuner
Oyster Mushroom #27 – Nominee, 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
– 2016 Series Winner for Still Life and Abstractions, 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. Images selected – Oyster Mushrooms #s 1, 2, 4, 6 and 16.
– Third Place, Still Life Category of La Grande PHOTO Awards 2015. Oyster Mushroom #6
– 2015 – ND Awards, Neutral Density Photography Awards, Selected images from Dejeuner images
– 2015 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, Jurors’ Pick, Oyster Mushroom #2. Oyster Mushroom #6 included in group exhibition
– 2015 New York Center for Photographic Art, International Open Call for “Wandering Curves 2015” Honorable Mention – Oyster Mushroom #16
Oyster Mushroom #37 – Honorable Mention, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #27 – Nominee, 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #24 – Nominee, 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #21 – Nominee, 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #17 – Nominee, 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #16 – Nominee, 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #15 – Nominee, 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #13 – Nominee, 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #10 – Nominee, 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #9 – Nominee, 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #6 – Nominee, 8th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #5 – Nominee, 8th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.
Oyster Mushroom #1 – Honorable Mention, 7th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Still Life, Professional.