Artist Statement for Night Images
With my night images, I constantly search for new ways to incorporate the paradox of darkness and light into my work. First, I look for the perfect canvas: the blackest night sky, with little or no moon. Then I literally "paint" the night by illuminating the landscape that is hidden in the darkness, while simultaneously capturing the distant stars. My photographs are pure, not digitally manipulated. What we see is what my camera captured - the real night around us. I hope that as people see the world through my photographs, they feel that “realness” and see how the darkest nights can give us the brightest moments.
Originally from Boston, Eileen Counihan received her first camera as a gift from her brother when she was 10 years old. After studying jewelry design at the Penland School in North Carolina, she continued her visual art education at the New England School of Photography.
Counihan has a life-long passion for fine art photography. However, after photography school, she took the first job offer and began her professional career as a commercial photographer. Today, after many years in the commercial world, Eileen now focuses on creating fine art photography. Her work is currently exhibited in Provincetown at the A Gallery. Eileen donates her photography services to many of the non-profit organizations in her home community on the Outer Cape. Eileen loves to travel throughout the world in search of the perfect combination of clear, dark nights and bright stars. Most recently, she found that combination in Alaska, along with the Northern Lights. She lives in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, with her partner. They have a 19 year old son in college.