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 F264. 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 can gather 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.