ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The Eternal Light of Egypt Anyone who has ever stood in the inscrutable gaze of the Great Sphinx at dawn, knows the enigmatic spell the first golden rays of sun casts, a spectacle enduring for ages as a testament to the perpetuity of light. This work is a fragment from a larger body of photographs of Egypt selected to underscore the transcendent and mysterious radiance and enigmatic power yet present in its temples and ruins. My aim is to evoke the elusive intimacy of her "genius loci," unveiling Egypt 's secret spiritual heart, and her haunting immanence when beholding her monuments for the first time. Their mystique and perennial allure remain timeless and seem to testify to a prodigious sacred science impervious to change. Formerly a professional dancer, and currently on the faculty of the Extreme Ballet Program at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli N.Y. I am also a photographer whose travels to Egypt have spanned over three decades in the company of writers, scholars, artists, and Egyptologists. My passion for ancient Egyptian mythology and antiquities originally inspired me to travel to Egypt in 1974-75, to explore their enigmas. During that time I initially corresponded over two years with Matthew Mc Cauley, currently vice President of AERA, Dr. Mark Lehner and Dr. Zahi Hawass, as well as Dr. Norman Emerson of the U of Toronto, who pioneered the field of Intuitive Archeology. In 2000 I was invited to photo-document a field research project in Egypt, to be presented at the US Geological Society Convention later that year, by Dr. Robert Schoch and Egyptologist John Anthony West. My mission has been to capture a vision of the enduring transmission by these temples and sanctuaries, their power resurrected daily by their unending consecration of light, and their principle deity of the sun (RE). Photographed entirely in natural light, the medium of B&W infrared film distilled and extended the spectrum of light, communicating a sense of an anti-world, or otherworldly ambiance as if one were seeing in a dream, or from the spirit world, known to the Ancient Egyptians as the duat. Many of my images required special permission from Dr. Zahi Hawass and the Supreme Council of Antiqities in Egypt. Many Thanks! My journey and dedication to my muse culminated in my new book entitled, "THE ETERNAL LIGHT OF EGYPT", published this March 2008, by the American University in Cairo Press and released by Thames and Hudson in September ‘08. It is accompanied by an outstanding and illuminating forward by Dr. Dorothea Arnold, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator for Egyptian Antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. AUC Press has also published a 2009 calendar of the work. The continuing mission of my work is dedicated to expressing the sacred, revelatory, and mystical path, transcending spiritual schisms in an interfaith exhaltation of the spirit. I was blessed to be one of four photographers officially invited to photograph H.H. Karmapa at KTD in Woodstock during H.H.'s first visit to America in May 08. The images will be included in a future video of the event to be released by Dharma Communications and a future book to be released by KTD. Many of the photographs can be viewed online by googling my name or on KTD's or H.H. Karmapa in America website as well as a Youtube slideshow. I was also fortunate to be recently invited to photograph the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes form Turky in their fall 08 tour while at Bard College in N.Y.S. My photographs are held in the permanent collection of Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York.