I have been photographing myself with an obsolete professional instant camera and expired film for the past year. I wait in areas near windows and doors and in the natural environment for intense directional light and shoot with long exposures. My body becomes translucent, revealing room and botanic contours near me. As the pandemic continues to grind time to a halt I perceive time and space around and within me differently, and become more introspective. In these instant photographs I move through new spaces of rooms and the natural environment in the visual context and texture of introspection. I recognize, anticipate, and utilize a light beam before it vanishes. The photographic medium, so uniquely in touch with the experience of loss, allows me to see myself continually evolving, a ghost of previous selves.
Cindy Konits had BA degrees in Psychology and Education and MA in Urban Planning when she picked up a camera after the birth of her first child. She found the combination of technology, aesthetics and intimacy with subject matter using this device thrilling. Her first photography classes generated solo shows and NEA and NEH exhibition grants. A few years later she was awarded a full merit scholarship to an MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, followed by 15 years teaching Photography and Video Art at Stevenson University. Her work with video, interactive CD-ROM, 8mm film, instant film, digital photography and generative algorithms explores complexities of family history, memory and identity in the face of personal life changes and evolving technologies. Konits lives and works in Baltimore and New York City. She fuels her creativity with competitive swimming, dog agility, running, yoga, and meditation.
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