Jane Yudelman was born in South Africa, grew up in England and now divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine. Having worked professionally for many years in poverty-alleviation programmes around the world, she turns to photography to remind herself of the beauty that exists in a world of economic, social and political injustice. Her photography focuses on discovering abstract expressions of this beauty in the natural world: in small patches of ice, on the water surfaces, among leaves in tidal pools. Jane's work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and has won a number of awards. Her images can be found in corporate collections in Maine and private collections in the United States and Europe.
"Photography is an exploration for me, a quest to capture elements of the abstract in nature. Before taking a photograph, I spend extended periods of time getting to know the natural light, colours, shapes, textures and motion in a defined geographical area — a short stretch of beach, a tidal pool, a salt marsh. It is through this process of intimate discovery that I identify the subject matter and the abstract qualities I wish to emphasize. In the creation of the images, I often attempt to blur the line between photography and painting."
"I use a digital camera and print on archival paper with archival inks. For each image, I currently print a maximum of ten prints (and two artist proofs) in sizes that can range from 16 x 16 inches up to 40 x 40 inches for square images and from 16 x 24 inches up to 40 x 60 inches for rectangular images."
- Jane Yudelman
During the colder months I wander along the shore, among frozen crevices and tidal pools, observing the endless variations of the texture of ice, and the shapes and colors that lie beneath. Occasionally when light, temperature, terrain and time of day all coincide in just the right way, the ice blooms with a startling luminosity and richness of color, as if it were bathed in its own inner radiance. For me there is a hint of sadness in this fragile beauty, given the uncertain future of our changing climate. “Frozen Light” attempts to capture this illumination which reveals itself only in the darkest months of the year.
One of the great mysteries in my life has been that, even when my heart is breaking from grief, I can still find moments of light and joy. A moment of sadness may be transformed into one of profound delight when I stop and immerse myself in the sound of the wind in the trees, the curve of a blade of grass, light shimmering on the ocean, or simply the sensations of breath itself. In the Adagio series, with petals floating and dancing through time, I celebrate such moments of joy-filled connection that have been so uplifting during difficult times.
This series is a meditation of the mystery of the night skies. Here, I have transformed the sparkling highlights of the daylit winter snows of northern Maine into imaginary star-filled night-scapes. The constellations in these images are charted only in my imagination and evoke memories of night skies from my travels around the world. Some transport me to the desert hills outside Tucson; others to the foothills of Nepal or to a cloudless night in the Philippines. These Uncharted Constellations recall a world that lies beyond snow-bound Maine and remind me of the fluidity of time, space, and memory and the endless wonder of the stars.