Watching the sunlight shine through translucent leaves revealing veins, shadows, gentle folds and curves which expose nature’s sensual side. Shades of deep dark green, nearly black revealing subtle shapes hidden deep within; sharing space with light greenish yellow, chartreuse highlights; these observations emphasize just a few of the plethora of visual delights of summer. The drama reveals itself in surprises of shapes, lines, and texture. Sometimes there is a question, which asks, where does the background end and where does the foreground begin? These two elements seem to flip-flop back and forth refusing to answer the question. Perpetuating a visual mystery that intrigues me to no end. This raises another question. Could I possibly be drawn to this dramatic display of nature because my name is Fern?
After 20 years of working as a photographer and graphic designer in New York City, Fern Logan brought her experience to academe in 1990. She is currently an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University in the Department of Cinema & Photography. Ms. Logan completed her graduate work in Chicago at The School of the Art Institute. Her photography has been shown and published regularly in this country and abroad. Her work has been exhibited twice at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her digital imagery was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 1998 and again in 2001. Also in 2001, the Southern Illinois University Press published a book of her portraits entitled The Artist Portrait Series. You can find her work published in several collections one of which is Committed to the Image, the exhibition catalog published by the Brooklyn Museum.