Fox Chase photographer Cindy Masiejczyk has some cool work on exhibit at the Abington Art Center until July 28.
Actually, make that “cold” work.
Over the winter of 2012, Masiejczyk became fascinated with shooting through her apartment’s ice-coated windows. Ten of the images she took are on display at the art center at 515 Meetinghouse Road in Jenkintown.
Over the years, she said she has shot many photos of homes across the street from her art-filled apartment at Jeanes and Arthur streets, but after an ice storm, she noticed that her subject had changed.
“The ice had turned my window’s glass into a canvas,” she said during a July 3 interview.
And as the ice melted, it formed different patterns. Close up, she could see images repeated in water droplets.
“The droplets themselves are so interesting,” she said. “You see new images through the water itself.”
She said she had to keep shooting to keep up with the changes.
“These are ephemeral images,” she said. “If you don’t stop and grab it, it’s gone.”
She said she considers the photos abstract art because she’s “looking at patterns.”
Retiree Masiejczyk is originally from North Philly and moved to the Northeast almost 20 years ago. A former office worker, the Philadelphia College of Art grad has been taking photographs for more than 40 years. The exhibit at the Abington Arts Center is her first solo show.
Artists Nic Coviello, Daniel Ostrov and Keith Sharp also currently have solo shows at the center.
Her exhibit is work with a theme. Not only are her photos shot through ice and water, they’re shot from the inside, looking out.
“In a sense, they’re landscapes, but all from the inside,” Masiejczyk said.
Masiejczyk, who is in her 60s, said she did her work with an inexpensive digital Nikon, but had her images printed on a metallic paper that gives them a sheen.
Working with digital images has its pluses and minuses, Masiejczyk said.
After downloading, she could see more in the images as she enlarged them, she said.
“I saw what was magnified in a water droplet,” she said. “You’d be surprised what you see.” ••