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Karman Line Constellations

Karman Line Constellations by Teresa Duggan - ekphrastic art
Karman Line Constellations - ekphrastic art made in response to Brian Salmons's poem, Accommodation Reflex. May 2019 issue: https://thelightekphrastic.com/may-2019-issue-38/duggan-salmons-may-2019/ Created with multiple layered and altered new digital photographs, of - some flowers seen on walk that reminded me of stars - lines from the inside pattern on a security envelope - black paper that I flicked shiny water drops onto - blue color from a Milk of Magnesia bottle

R.E.M. Dream: Contrails as Songlines

Video animation from still images, created in response to Patricia Wentzel's poem, "Savory Pines, Rushing Water". View here if it's loading too slow: https://videopress.com/v/TTTLv2Iw

Winter pool cat (you must be...)

winter pool cat (you must be...)
Winter pool cat (you must be...)

cemetery frog

cemetery frog photo
cemetery frog

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About Teresa

Baltimore City

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Teresa explores Baltimore city by foot and bicycle, photographing scenes that suggest curious stories, have a curious arrangement of elements, or a naturally pleasing composition. With unexpected subject matter possible around any corner, she enjoys the game of capturing these moments:  ephemeral scenes, oddly juxtaposed objects, vivid colors and patterns, and solitary moments of enigmatic beauty and humor.  Photos have been shown at Maryland Art Place, World Trade Center Top of the World... more

seen in Baltimore

A few favorite scenes from Charm City. Almost every day, often several times a day, I see things from the absurd to the mundane that I feel the need to capture in photos. The strangeness and variety found all around Baltimore makes it hard to resist, and the fact that that scene might be gone the next time I'm there makes me want to catch it while I can.

Baltimore city street scenes

More of my favorite scenes from Charm City. Almost every day, often several times a day, I see things from the absurd to the mundane that I feel the need to capture in photos. The strangeness and variety found all around Baltimore makes it hard to resist, and the fact that that scene might be gone the next time I'm there makes me want to catch it while I can.

The Light Ekphrastic - art inspired by poems

For the past few years, I've participated in The Light Ekphrastic, a quarterly online journal dedicated to the creation of new written and visual artworks through collaboration between artists. [Ekphrasis: art from writing, writing from art]
For each issue, writers and artists are paired, each creating a new poem, story, photograph, painting or other piece of artwork inspired by work previously submitted by their partner artist. The Light Ekphrastic was founded by editor Jenny O’Grady as a way of inspiring friends who hadn’t written or made art in a while to get back into practice. It has since grown to attract contributors from all over the world, and to include occasional forays into public spaces beyond the web. (Description from https://thelightekphrastic.com/about/)

This has inspired me to experiment with new and extended techniques in both my photography and graphic art. Whereas most of my photographs are spontaneous and inspired by scenes I come upon on the streets, the ekphrastic art for this project is mulled over for weeks or months, with many different photos, superimpositions, collages and video animations tried out until I find the right single artistic representation to go with my partner's poem. In many cases, I'm inspired by more than one of their writing submisisons and I create several different images in respose. Since one one image per project may be submitted in the end, it serves as a good deadline with an ultimate goal of new artistic creations, and achieves the founder's goal of pushing artists to create something new that they would not have done otherwise.

See them in context at The Light Ekphrastic website, under Duggan & ...

  • morning path at the cemetery

    morning path at the cemetery - photo by Teresa Duggan
    My photo for the 2018 Light Ekphrastic was chosen by Patricia Wentzel who wrote the poem "Aubade for Carol" in response. Read it here: https://thelightekphrastic.com/august-2018-issue-35/duggan-wentzel-august-2018/
  • Karman Line Constellations

    Karman Line Constellations by Teresa Duggan - ekphrastic art
    Karman Line Constellations - ekphrastic art made in response to Brian Salmons's poem, Accommodation Reflex. May 2019 issue: https://thelightekphrastic.com/may-2019-issue-38/duggan-salmons-may-2019/ Created with multiple layered and altered new digital photographs, of - some flowers seen on walk that reminded me of stars - lines from the inside pattern on a security envelope - black paper that I flicked shiny water drops onto - blue color from a Milk of Magnesia bottle
  • Poem by Patricia Wentzel, "Savory Pine, Rushing Water"was the inspiration for my visual response

    Poem by Patricia Wentzel, "Savory Pine, Rushing Water"
    Poem by Patricia Wentzel, "Savory Pine, Rushing Water" was the inspiration for my visual response. Ekphrasis is "art from writing, writing from art".
  • R.E.M. Dream: Contrails as Songlines

    Video animation from still images, created in response to Patricia Wentzel's poem, "Savory Pines, Rushing Water". View here if it's loading too slow: https://videopress.com/v/TTTLv2Iw
  • video still from "R.E.M Dream: Contrails as Songlines" - whale tail and pines

    video still from "R.E.M Dream: Contrails as Songlines" - whale tail and pines
    video still from "R.E.M Dream: Contrails as Songlines" - whale tail and pines
  • Ekhrastic 2017: poem and visual response: Reflecting Pool (screengrab)

    Ekhrastic 2017: poem and visual response: Reflecting Pool (screengrab)
    Ekhrastic 2017: poem and visual response: Reflecting Pool (screengrab)
  • Reflecting Pool

    Reflecting Pool
    Image made in response to Trish Hopkinson's poem for the 2017 Light Ekphrastic. Made from original photos of a mannequin, a reflecting pool with pennies and other coins, another photo of trees and skies. With line drawings, photographic textures, and digital alteration.
  • Ekphrastic 2016: Catherine Maire and Teresa Duggan traded art and words (screengrab)

    Ekphrastic 2016: Catherine Maire and Teresa Duggan traded art and words (screengrab)
    Catherine Maire and Teresa Duggan traded art and words. Teresa shared this photograph, entitled “Blue Cadillac, Pink House,” with Catherine. In response Catherine wrote this poem.
  • 2016 Ekphrastic poem and visual response, Duggan-Maire (screengrab)

    2016 Ekphrastic poem and visual response, Duggan-Maire (screengrab)
    2016 Ekphrastic poem and visual response, Duggan-Maire (screengrab) Catherine Maire shared this poem with Teresa, Winter. In response, Teresa made this image, Frosty Warm Glow.
  • frosty warm glow

    frosty warm glow
    In response to Catherine Maire's poem, Winter (see previous screengrab), Teresa made this image, entitled "frosty warm glow". New photographs were taken of a cold windowpane with frost and sunlight, and of a fuzzy warm blanket. Images were superimposed with added digital effects to achieve a somewhat abstract effect of staring out a window to sparkling snowdrifts.

the spaceship

A vintage blue car and a vintage blue spaceship: home sweet home.

Most of my photos are found surprises that I notice while walking the streets of Baltimore, but this one was worth special trips for an intentional photo shoot. This spaceship lives in Delaware, but when I exhibited one of these photos in Baltimore it unearthed stories of a similar that used to be in Dundalk, and people I knew who had grown up with it in the neighborhood. To me that just adds to the magic of it, and I hope one day I'll turn down an alley in Baltimore to see something like it. You just never know.

passenger seat

I wonder if the fact that I don't drive a car makes me enjoy the passenger seat scenes more than most people. The views out the window when I'm along for the ride are changing too fast to take it all in, offering an experience that's unique to being in motion on the road. The window glass and car hood add another layer of interest, with possible reflections, distortions, framing or obfuscation. Some of my favorite moments are at night and when there's rain obscuring neon lights. It's fun to try to freeze and capture a view of the landscape as it can only been seen at that particular moment in time.

people

I usually photograph people when I can surreptitiously snap a secret moment from them. They tend to be fleeting and unposed, often leaving some major part of the story out of the frame. The ones I keep usually have something a little awkward or unfinished about them that makes them more interesting to me. I'm slowly starting to get over my shyness and approach people to ask for their photos, but I still prefer the fleeting ones.

would-be drawings (shape/pattern/surface)

Sometimes photos can have a quality that transcends the thing being photographed and stand on their own, just for the shapes, textures, and composition. These are a few that I could imagine being drawings, paintings, sculptures or installations if they weren't photographs.

street mysteries and delights of the easily amused

Sometimes little details just require me to stop and snap a photo. Often in the middle of the street or other times and places where I really shouldn't be taking photos. But usually worth the weird looks I get from doing it. They make me curious, and they make me smile.

  • walk this way

    walk this way
    The similar shapes in the sign, trees and light poles as well as the pretty sunset made me laugh as a I rounded a corner to see this. I imagined the man flipping upside down to try to camouflage himself at nightfall. Like I said, easily amused.
  • gray buddies waiting

    gray buddies waiting
    Parking meter and a car seat at the curb, taken from the bus.
  • pumpkin head hydrant

    pumpkin head hydrant
    in November.
  • tree scissors

    tree scissors
    near Patterson Park
  • revenge of the startling street objects

    Some mannequin parts in an antique shop window laid out just right in the shadows of the street and bench outside
  • white flamingo on a green wall

    white flamingo on a green wall
    white flamingo on a green wall. in an alley near Mt. Vernon
  • snake-berry loop

    I found this little brown snake sunning himself on some stone steps when the weather got warm enough... and using fallen holly berries in ways that must only make sense to a snake.
  • Arraber horse LOVE

    A chance visit by a horse named Lady delivering veggies to Hampden. This shot caught her paused in front of the mural of hands spelling out "L-O-V-E"
  • manhole-impaired yellow stripes

    manhole-impaired yellow stripes
    An oldie but goodie; the kind of thing that made me start carrying a digital camera in the streets of Baltimore.

wonders of nature

A selection of some of the natural world that's caught my eye (and stayed still long enough to photograph.)

windows

The combined inside/outside views of various windows can create layers within each image. The view becomes more interesting because of the glass itself.