My Photographs are often quite simply about light and about suggestions of dreams or memories half recollected. My process describes an effort to inch towards the revelation of clear memory or understanding. I am most interested when my response to an image I have made remains in flux, still developing—photographic processes, techniques, and chance elements are equally acknowledged. Light leaks, digital artifacts, depth of field, patterns, compositional tropes, sense of place or character, flare and shadow—all can proffer cryptic views down the rabbit hole of perception.
There is frequently an undercurrent of discomfort in the pictures, of movement, as if the subject were breathing, offering itself to be found and seen—apprehended but not fully understood. Evocations of feeling states (warmth or cold, anxiety or hope) often induce shifting responses depending on mood, and reflect complicated—possibly pleasurable, possibly difficult—states of existence.
A successful image distils a sense of a particular moment, a captured present eliciting imagination and curiosity—about other people’s stories and maybe even elements of one’s own.
Caitlin McCaffrey has a BA in Photography and Literature from Bennington College, VT. She has also studied at the International Center of Photography/NYU. Caitlin McCaffrey has exhibited in solo shows at the Fresno Art Museum, The Sonoma County Museum of Art and has been included in group shows by the Oakland Museum and by the Pages Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Whitechapel, London.
McCaffrey has an avid and active interest in photographic history and antique processes. She worked for ten years as a printer and staff photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She has produced commissioned work for collectors, designers and architects. Editorial work has appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers including Esquire, Elle and The New York Times.