I’m Cathy Larkin PR pro by day, photographer and potter whenever I can. I’ll be adding more information soon, but this site is currently promoting my first solo photography exhibition Nov. 13 through Dec. 27, 2012: Reflected Nature: Myth, Mask & Other Worlds, November 15 through Dec 27; opening held December 7, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
Hosted by the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday December 7 from 5 to 7 pm, which is free, open to the public, and is scheduled as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday events.
About Cathy Larkin’s Reflection Photography and this Show
Click here to see a selection of my reflection photography from the show. This will open in a separate tab, so you can continue reading on this page as well.
I’ve been a photographer since I was a teenager, and I trace my fascination with reflections to seeing several M.C. Escher reflection drawings as a teen. Although I didn’t realize this consciously, until I was taking a workshop with Beth Kingsley Hawkins called “Photography as Doorway to Spirit” and our homework was to discover our artistic influences. I thought, I like Ansel Adam’s and Galen Rowell’s nature photography, but I don’t see any of that in my work. As I looked around my home, I saw two books of M.c. Escher’s work. As I paged through it I saw a few reflection images and his impossible worlds images, and I began to see the elements in my work.
This is my first solo show. My images are semi-abstract and impressionistic and often merge the human figure with natural landscapes. Other images use an almost kaleidoscopic effect to turn a stream into a mask or a face or turn reflections of nature into a peek into another world. Some of my reflections are also taken in man made objects like guitars, historic windows or colored glass. My digital photography work may look like double exposures or digital manipulations, but they are not. All images are created in-camera; although some images are rotated.
“I’m constantly on the look out for water, ice and other reflective surfaces. I seek out the interesting angles and points of view that make an intriguing reflected image. I try and capture the things others walk right by,” says Larkin. “I grew up surrounded by stories, myths, tales and legends, from Narcissus in mythology, and the Celtic legend of the Green Man, to Native American tales; all have influenced my photography. I try and open the doorway to nature, allowing people to experience the mystery more clearly.” Larkin is largely self-taught although she has taken photography classes and workshops at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pendle Hill (with photographer Beth Kingsley Hawkins) and at Peter’s Valley in NJ (with Ernestine Ruben).
Much of my reflection work is taken in puddles, ponds, streams and lakes in Pennsylvania from Swarthmore, and other places in Delaware County, to the Poconos; also in northern New Jersey and in Louisiana. Photographer, Stephanie Kirk, once said of my images of moving water, “You take pictures of what hasn’t happened yet.” Photography buff Elli St. Georges Godfrey said, “You have a way of making the photographs have qualities similar to watercolors, oils or even abstract painting. I’ve not seen many photographs like that!”