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The Big Question

Q: Digital or Film?
A: "Digital. I see a strong connection between painting and the new world of digital photography. From the earliest days, photographers strove to have this practice considered an art as well as a science. In fact, the invention of photography in England grew out of gentleman-scientist Henry Fox Talbot's frustration at not being able to draw. The early photographers used soft papers, gauze over lenses, and even color to manipulate their images. "I am profoundly influenced by pictorial photography. In my work, I emphasize the painterly qualities inherent in that tradition. With Photoshop, I am able to push and pull tones to reflect the visceral feelings I experience in the field."

Phyllis Berger is an instructor in the Homewood Art Workshops. "Swimmers and Rocks 2 Beach of St. Guirec, Ploumanac'h" will be included in her photo exhibition, Viewing Bretagne, at the Mattin Center on the Homewood campus, April 21-May 4.

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