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Mary Mattingly Captures the First and Last Lights of the Shortest Day

 - Feb 9, 2012
References: marymattingly & booooooom
Few artists have the dedication Mary Mattingly has used to to create a photo series spanning decades with no foreseeable end. That’s exactly what she did with ‘First Light/Last Light,' which is a collection of photographs featuring the first light and last light of the Winter Solstice as seen from her desert dwelling in the American Northwest. She overlaps the resulting images to produce surreal visuals which look like cosmic crosshairs. The project began in 2001, making the past year its 10-year anniversary.

Mary Mattingly explains that First Light/Last Light was her, "attempt to capture [her] experience with sublimity." Looking at these images, viewers can vicariously feel the overwhelming sensations Mattingly must have felt while taking each photo. The beautiful vast scenery no doubt induced quite the euphoric sensation.