I am thrilled to be collaborating with fine art photographer, Lisa Garness Mallory.
Lisa takes her work to a new level with what she describes as hand etched photography.
For this project, Lisa selected one of my night sky (Daniel McVey) photographs. She is allowing us to follow her progress as she etches my photo.
Q: Lisa, Can you tell us a little bit about the process of “Etching”?
In 2009 I created my process of using needles and wood carving tools to hand etch my photography.
My background is fine art. But in 2008 I fell in love with digital photography. I wanted to find a way to combine both mediums. So I started using needles to hand etch on my photos. The needles worked well. I also tried wood carving tools and was pleased with the results from both tools.
I am considered a pioneer forging new ground in fine art photography. I define my art as contemporary, yet “edgy.”
Q: What inspired you to do your first etching? And when did you feel this could be the course of your fine art photography career?
A: My inspiration for etching is mainly my love for nature subjects. I etch other subjects as well. But I have a deep respect for nature, and I feel a spiritual connection with those subjects.
Along with editing in photo programs, I wanted to enhance my work with more, texture, light, depth, color and line, by hand etching. Each white line is my hand etched mark.
After winning several photography awards locally and several internationally, I knew this would be my artist journey for life.
Q: I was fortunate to see your exhibit, Colorado Etched Photography, at the Denver Photo Art Gallery in August / September 2014. I was blown away by the textures in your etchings.
I understand you were on PBS, and recently approached by a gallery in NYC.
Can you tell us more about that?
Yes, in June of this year I was a featured artist on PBS in their Arts District program .
I had the time of my life! They filmed me in 3 locations, Denver Botanic Gardens where I photographed orchids, Caribou Art Gallery in Denver where my work was in a large solo exhibit, and a lengthy interview in my studio. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce my etching process to the public.
I was contacted by a NYC gallery manager who saw my work at Caribou Art Gallery in February.
I’ll know more before the end of the year. It would be wonderful to have work in galleries in NYC. I’m also scouting galleries in California and other states.
Q: Where currently can your work be seen?
I have been very busy with gallery exhibits this year. So this Fall and Winter I’ll be busy etching new and exciting work! But my work can be seen at my studio. I will have work in more shows and exhibits in 2015.
For interested buyers and collectors please contact me though my website!
Lisa approached me with the idea of collaborating and I was thrilled to say yes.
She chose one of my images called the “Tree of Life of an Ancient Bristlecone Tree piercing the Milky Way”. The title was inspired by the Maya who believed that the Tree of Life connected the Underworld, with Earth, and the Sky. I am really excited to follow along with Lisa’s process as she etches my photo.
Q: Lisa, with the large selection of photos, why did you choose an Astro Image?
So far I have not tried night sky photography. You’re locally known for fantastic night sky and Milky Way images. I was attracted to this particular image for the lovely combination of the Milky Way, stars, and of course the tree. It will be a challenge and lots of fun to etch.
Q: Do you think this image will create new challenges or techniques in your etching?
I am happy you asked this question my answer is, yes.
My hand etched photography will continue to evolve as my imagination leads me to new and exciting subjects.
I hope to enhance and give even more life to your already beautiful image. It will be part of my artist journey, thank you Daniel!
Once the image is complete it will be available from Lisa’s website . Contact information for Lisa is on her website.
And 20% of the sale will be donated to the Keystone Science School to help children learn about Science. That puts a huge smile on my face as I even type this!!!!!
Thank You Lisa! Let’s get this started! You can follow the progress with the slideshow below