The natural world can mean different things to different people. For some, it's a place of inspiration and awe. For other's it's an escape. For fine art photographer Lisa Fitch, it's a place for personal solace - a place to reflect upon, and reconcile her memories of a life buffeted by family illness, loss, and the chaotic environment of today's world.
Lisa's deep emotional connection to the natural world developed over a lifetime of wandering sprawling woods and waterfronts where she learned to appreciate the preciousness of all life, and to embrace the peaceful interludes of quiet contemplation.
Her subtle, intimate, haunting images give visual form to an ongoing search for balance and perspective between a dark past and the living present. Through photography, Lisa seeks to transform her ongoing inner disquiet into something both resonant and beautiful, a cathartic journey of reconciliation between the ephemeral angst of life and the enduring truthfulness of the natural world.
There is a deep sense of yearning in “Visions.” These vivid and expressive images depict an idyllic landscape that doesn’t exist - except in my imagination. They reflect my own cathartic need to occasionally turn away from the “strurm und drang” of daily life and find peace in a dream-like, alternate reality of my own creation.
My use of color in this series - intuitive, painterly and at times flamboyant - is inspired by the Florida Highwaymen artists. I channeled their creative and spontaneous “rapid painting” technique by using a smartphone camera to both capture and edit these images. The result -a playful synthesis of classic regional folk art with digital technology- reflecting my unabashed love for the natural world.
What if…What if the young one hadn’t been there…What if the other had checked things out…What if…What if Mother Nature were smiling instead…What if the other hadn’t stayed under…What if…
What if they had all come and to no avail had left…What if all had gone according to plan…What if…What if…I wouldn’t be me now.
Found Spaces is an experimental project all captured in-camera, a combination of decisive moments and happy accidents. Each image is comprised of three to five exposures with the additive formula merging into one final image. Unlike my “Devoid” Series, where the camera movement was linear, these images incorporate three to five distinct movements to include the subject space and push the limits of in-camera processing. The subjects are chosen to keep in theme with the softness of the work and a color palette that compliments and enriches the experience. The result, a soft, otherworldly experience.