Actions of Light, Unseen

By  |  July 11, 2016
The handmade cameras used to produce "Lumen." All images © Lisa McCarty The handmade cameras used to produce "Lumen." All images © Lisa McCarty

Artist: Lisa McCarty 

Project: Lumen

Description: Lumen is an ongoing experiment to create and test handmade, large-format cameras as a means to discover actions of light that go unseen by both human eyes and commercially available cameras. Each camera is unique, yielding unpredictable and unrepeatable results. McCarty’s exposures range from several seconds to several hours, at different times of day, as she tests the conditions of light and time.


This week’s edition of Eyes on the South was guest curated by Alexa Dilworth, publishing and awards director for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Eyes on the South is founded by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lisa McCarty is an imagemaker and curator based in Durham, North Carolina. Her photographs and moving images have been seen in more than sixty national and international exhibitions and screenings. McCarty received her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University and is curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke’s Rubenstein Library. View more of her work on her website