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Thoughts before and after making images along my adventures in the in the field and in the classroom.

"Third Effect"


Artist Statement Jill P. Mott- Third Effect

Photographers are trained to see details in light, composition and moments.

Often our busy lives don’t allow us the time—or more often than not the space—to see the details of life that make it so rich. Most days we don’t even take a second look at how our day was or what it meant.

What I find most interesting is how often these details can turn into more meaningful signs. Photography offers me a medium to use on a daily basis to preserve these moments, and provides a concrete way to look back and review them.

In 2013, I committed to challenging myself to shoot a photo a day for 365 days. My vision of the challenge was basic- be committed and consistent. I am not someone who lives by routine; I am easily distracted, and often overbooked. I didn’t set out on a creative journey, just a basic commitment to take the time to look at everyday life and document it.

I spent the year documenting the random details of my life. Some days I used my cell phone, others my big girl camera (Nikon, of course). Each day I created a new picture—some were ok, some I loved and many I hated. It has only been in the editing process for this show that I have begun to understand how life always tends to make more sense when looking back instead of when you are looking forward.

What I have found intriguing in this process is the relationship between the images when they are sequenced together in diptychs. Creating a Third Effect. One image has a meaning, another its own independent meaning, and together they create an entirely different meaning/impact/story.

The images together create a meaning for me, but also can be interpreted by the viewer through their own experience. Maybe you have an art background and see the relationship between shape, color and texture; maybe you have a sense of humor a bit like mine and see the (somewhat twisted) jokes; or maybe somehow there is an emotional connection to the juxtaposition of the images. 

Maybe you get chuckle, maybe you walk away scratching your head wondering what the relationship is…either way…the Third Effect is the one that counts.


got a bit distracted trying to write my artist statement for my latest body of work “Third Effect”- still working on the words-

got a bit distracted trying to write my artist statement for my latest body of work “Third Effect”- still working on the words-

Week 8-Collaborate with an artist

It is funny how ideas develop. With this idea I was thinking I might collaborate with a painter, of fabric artist and shoot someone in front of their art to create a dynamic portrait. I put a message out on FB and although I got plenty of likes I didn’t get any offers of interest.

Not sure what to do I quickly realized I was actually in the middle of collaborating with an artist already. I had been asked by local jeweler to shoot her jewelry.

She had a very specific look in mind. Her purpose for the images is to enter them in Fine Art Gallery showings so it wasn’t the usual necklace laying on a piece of wood or a rock she wanted something much more sophisticated than that. 

Wanting to take on the challenging and liking the idea of trading for the work, (the jewelry whore I am) I quickly started researching ways to photograph the jewelry to get the look she wanted. 

I had just completed a food shoot with fabulous Food photographer Kelsey Hansen  in which we shot 26 different food set ups in two days. I was fairly confident I could pull off 9 individual jewelry shots.

Ah.. yeah but… they are shinny and move a lot… and earring really don’t want to stay parallel… a bit more effort and patience was needed-more the patience than anything.


As I was shooting and playing with the light I was intrigued  by the shadows and shapes the jewelry made. One of my favorite artist is Alexander Calder in particular his mobiles.

I love the simplicity of them but at the same time I recognize how complex the engineering is that goes beyond the aesthetics of the pieces. I enjoy working with wire as a medium but it is a bit cheeky- and has a mind of its own often. You think if you bend it a certain way it should go but that is not always the case.  

I found this to be true with Rachel jewelry. One of the words she used to describe her work was kinetic, she wanted to focus on how the piece changes when it is worn.  Trying to photograph that energy in a studio setting was much more difficult than I expected. 

I had a great time photographing the work (except for the earrings <smile>) and learned a lot. When I was done I just wanted to play with the pieces and see what abstract images I could create. This are the images I have shoot for Creative 52.


I have broken one of my rules for Creative 52 which was to have a person in every photo. (it only took 8 weeks). I plan on doing an artist portrait of Rachel in her studio if she agrees to accompany the work and fit my self imposed rules.

I really enjoyed this challenge and will continue to look for other ways to collaborate with other artist. Personally, I think I can do Creative 52 every year, as I can see it will be different every time. 

Week 7-Go beyond the print of a digital image

Experimenting with alternative process with photographs is something I love to do. 

There are so many great ways to take photographs to another level. One technique I have wanted to try that seemed relatively simple was transferring photos to glass using transparent contact paper. The process is pretty easy actually but it does require a lot of  finesse as I quickly realized after a few tries. As with most projects, it requires more time than I allotted for, the steps you don’t figure into the equation are  finding the best photo for the project, sizing it and toning it just right, getting the supplies and the experimenting  and overcoming your failures along the way.

I will continue to work on this process as I have a series in mind I would like to create for  an alter I hope to build honoring my ancestors. 

It is fun and I do recommend you give it a try when you have a moment or few hours…

There are a few tutorials out there but this is the one I used. You can also check out my Pinterest board with other ideas I hope to experiment with.

How to transfer a Photo onto Glass


Photo DIY