Dorothea Eiben presented at our May meeting which also featured club member’s “Great Eight” photographs.
Dorothea explores the built environment to create luminescent color images that have been described as embodying the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. The term represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”
Recently, her work has focused on capturing the essence of places and objects that have been abandoned as no longer useful — illuminating the exquisite nature of impermanence. Her images remind us that the spirit of these objects lives on, even as our attention has turned away from them in favor of the new.
Dorothea’s formal photography education began in 2001, at Maine Media, where she has attended a number of workshops over the years. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Maine Media “Golden Light” award. Since 2010, her work has been included in a number of group exhibitions with Tillman Crane & Friends. Her photograph is currently featured in “Ghosts of Hope”, an exhibit at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby, ND.
During the meeting she be talked about her photographic journey, showed some completed projects, and shared works in progress.
For our May meeting, the last of the year, club members submit their “Great Eight” favorite photos they shot during the past year.