Can you hear the music?

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Nietzsche

Ann started dancing with her favorite partner, her camera, on a recent trip to Scotland.  By all evidence, it was a joyous dance that took Ann to the edges of the shores as well as to the edges of her creative process. She found ways to commemorate not only what she saw, but also what she felt. The resulting images tease our sense of reality, daring us to let go of our mundane expectations – to listen for the music and to embrace new ways to process and experience light, form and color.

I purposely use the word “images” to relieve you of the preconceptions that you might have about photographs, namely that they are clear representations of people, objects and vistas as seen through the unique eye of the photographer. Ann’s new images are certainly unique, but are achieved not only by her photographer’s eye, but from what I’ve witnessed, via her whole being! It must be  an artist’s psyche that gives her a fearless sense of adventure to try new avenues of expression; it scares the bejeebers out of me!  What Ann has discovered is called Intentional Camera Movement, or ICM. My basic understanding is that it encompasses many techniques that are used in traditional photography – composition, light selection in addition to movement.    

So, now, when I accompany Ann on a photo walk, I’m not just afraid she’ll slip down the gully because she’s got her face in her lens, but also because she’s moving the camera – and her body – like Isadora Duncan, for God’s sake!  It’s only when I see the gorgeous results that I forgive her.  Those results fascinate me.  Some resemble impressionist paintings of identifiable subjects, and others just blast me with beautiful light, color and movement that stirs me!  It’s like a whole new art form that encompasses photography, painting, dance and music!

Not everyone will hear the music or feel the movement. I hung one of Ann’s new images in my dining room opposite my husband’s seat.  When he said, “Now how am I supposed to know when I’ve had too much to drink?” I knew he was tone deaf in addition to having two left feet. I, on the other hand, find myself smiling every time I get a glimpse of it.

I’m inviting you to the dance.  Visit Ann’s new website: Better yet, stop in at the gallery Open House on  Friday, March 22nd from 5pm to 8pm – or most weekdays between 11:30 and 4:00.  I know you’ll hear the music.

~ Nina D. Gross