Dogs, Fires, Me.
Photographs by Diana Michener. Essay by Ofer Lellouche.
160 pp., 100 tritone illustrations, 8½x10½".
Dogs, Fires, Me is Diana Michener’s ballad to the light that passes through film to register a world of people and objects that speak as if in dreams. Michener’s elegiac photographs map a phenomenological world, a terrain of untilled ground where emotions accumulate in a story without narrative. Many images reappear in unexplained variations, particularly self-portraits which suggest that the self-contained corporeal entity is the primordial filter for all experience. In the words of the artist, 'I want to illuminate the human condition. I think all my work really has to do with wonder: a wonder at the incredible insistence of the human organism to survive.'