Valerie Burke lives in Fort Collins, Colorado having moved from the Chicago area to be near her son and his family.
Formerly she was an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Pinhole photography has been a strong interest of Valerie's. Her current series of "Florals" was taken with a digital camera with a pinhole accessory instead of a lens. The pinhole is made of pierced metal and is very small. Many times a pinhole is as small as aF264. The pinhole camera is known for its long exposures, depth of field and surprise effects. It offers a soft/impressionistic appearance and can be very painterly. In photographic history, the pinhole camera was referred to as a camera obscura or darkened chamber. As a result, any light tight container with a small circular opening cangather particles of light and refine them into a sharp image.
The image "Magnolia", was taken on her patio table with a blue cloth background; the latter blew in the wind during the two-second exposure. The mid-afternoon sun slanted in and offered warmth to the image. Serendipity, as you see, plays a role in pinhole image making. "Magnolia" is printed as an archival pigment print.
Valerie's photography has been exhibited at the Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Illinois. The Lofoten International Art Center, Svolvaer, Norway; The Chicago Cultural Center, Klein Art Works, Chicago, Illinois; The Midwest Photographer's project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Sixth Annual New York Digital Salon, The Visual Arts Museum, New York, and the Center for Fine Arts Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado among others.
Her work has been published in several editions of the Pinhole Journal as well as Leonardo magazine.
Valerie's photographs are held in the collection of the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California; the Graham Nash Collection of Photography, Encino, California, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington,D.C.; and the Pinhole Resource Center, San Lorenzo, New Mexico.