Platinums, Pastels and Pigments

I'll be featuring imagery from a couple of new series.

Between Dusk and Dawn
Night has always been a charged space for me, a time when everything seems more intense and magical. Night is its own land, where our familiar landscapes are transformed and we feel isolated from the larger world. That’s where I started this series, each image would take place between the two twilights and contain a character, or evidence of one. Think of these as cinematic stills - every one the first frame of a movie. I’ve chosen to print with Platinum / Palladium, a 19th Century process, because I love its warmth and luminous mark of the hand.

Impressions of the California Southland
Taking inspiration from Hokusai’s 100 Views of Mt Fuji this project seeks to explore a Southern California beyond the glamour and fame that is usually associated with it. The experience of living here can be a quiet one - and that is what this project explores, a vision of the everyday. These moments are quiet slices of mundane life - that allow the viewer to connect to this place in a layered way. Each image has been simplified, printed and then hand-colored with pastels and colored pencils.

Ann Mitchell, born in New York City, received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a decade plus as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer, she returned to school to complete her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. After graduation, she joined the Art & Photography Department at Long Beach City College; teaching for over two decades, hosted multiple visual media festivals.

Her work concentrates on narrative themes of place, using photo-montage to create images that are often printed using historic alternative processes to incorporate the mark of the hand. She is the curator/founder of as well as an organizer of photo-related events. Her work has been featured in multiple publications, exhibited nationally and internationally and is in public and private collections.

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