Philip J. Cunningham
Inspired by a college photo-internship and the allure of long-exposure, time-lapse photography, Philip J. Cunningham succeeds in revealing the essence of his subjects rather than re-photographing the well-known. Working in the absence of direct sunlight, he captures the beauty of the world at night and during overcast days. His moonlit subjects and fiery sunsets powerfully portray a world in slumber or transition. Each photograph is patiently shot, carefully composed and meticulously edited. “I work to bring out the best in a photograph, both when I take it and later when I’m editing,” says Cunningham.
Through judicious use of greys and attenuated colors, Cunningham eschews the blatancy of sunlit spectral pieces. He draws viewers into every photograph with subtlety and nuance. Some portray nature in its simplest form while others evoke a soul-searching narrative. Through the artist’s lens, one sees a creative passion driven by the need to reveal what the naked eye cannot. In this, the photographer, who first held a camera in hand as a child, reveals a studied skill few have mastered.