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A cool perspective

Fox Chase's Cindy Masiejczyk has some of her art on dis­play at the Abing­ton Art Cen­ter.

  • A focus on ice: Fox Chase photographer Cindy Masiejczyk’s work is on display at the Abington Arts Center. She says she froze time by capturing droplets of rain and ice during the winter through her windows. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • A focus on ice: Fox Chase photographer Cindy Masiejczyk’s work is on display at the Abington Arts Center. She says she froze time by capturing droplets of rain and ice during the winter through her windows. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • A focus on ice: Fox Chase photographer Cindy Masiejczyk’s work is on display at the Abington Arts Center. She says she froze time by capturing droplets of rain and ice during the winter through her windows. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

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.” ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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