Throughout its history,
photography has struggled to place itself as a fine art.
However, in the end, it is not the medium itself that defines
art, but the artist who brings her own unique response to
a subject and then captures that response in a manner that
will engage its viewer. Louise Daddona is such an artist.
Her breathtaking skills as a storyteller enable her to translate
her astonishing fantasies into a visually arresting artistic
statement of narrative illusion. In [Roots], we see the
symbolism of the exposed tree roots as they reach downward
toward the roots of a family history. But while her images
are indeed narrative, they are also minimalist, leaving
the viewer to come up with his own understanding or interpretation
of the photograph, thus completing the narrative. These
portrayals are therefore evocative of narrative circumstance
rather than traditionally explicit and sequential.
Many of Daddona’s photographs are
shot on black & white, and then hand colored, a technique
that arrived with the invention of photography in 1839.
She says she finds something special and sacred about preserving
the art of working with film, and creating her images in
the darkroom. She has worked for over twenty years with
various magazines including Lifestyle Magazine
and South Florida Parenting Magazine, and her most
recent honor was being accepted into the 2005 "All
Florida" Fine Art Competition, Cornell Museum of Art,