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"Grace" Fine Art Photography By Elisabeth Sunday


"Grace" Fine Art Photography By Elisabeth Sunday

By Jill Plamann,

For 26 years Elisabeth Sunday has found her muse in Africa: a place of origins, devastating beauty, great troubles and unyielding expressions of life. She's traveled alone and lived among various original peoples who amidst a changing world, have clung tenaciously to traditional ways of life. From the hunter-gatherers dwelling in the primeval forests of the Congo Basin, to the nomadic tribes inhabiting the vast stretches of the Sahara Desert, Sunday's photographs reveal interplay of invisible forces that connect her subjects with the world of nature. Utilizing a flexible mirror of her own design, she photographs reflections that blend and dissolve the boundaries between her figures and their environment. Sunday's images express an intimacy with a corresponding strength derived from that relationship. She writes: "Mirror photography is much more that photographing a reflection, it produces a visual alchemy that combines the physical world with that of the great mystery… and captures some element that remains hidden in straight photography." 

Elisabeth Sunday is the progenitor of "Field Mirror Photography" and first began taking mirrors into the field in 1983. Her work is analogue (shot with film cameras) and therefore has no digital special effects. She designs large mirrors and has them built to specifications that yield unique visual effects. The mirror acts as a second lens, in this two-lens system with marvelous and surprising results. Elisabeth is able to play with shapes outside of the normal plain of the camera lens to create images that are truly transcendent of the subject.

Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is in many museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran and many more.  

Hammerfriar Gallery is located at 132 Mill Street, Suite 101 in Healdsburg, CA.

Gallery hours are 10-6 Tuesday – Friday and Saturday 10 -5. The Gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, call (707) 473-9600, or visit the Gallery website at