Luminescence is an impressionistic view of Pennsylvania’s Unami Forest that blur the boundaries of certainty and fantasy. The Unami Forest is a boulder strewn, heavily wooded area that is largely unchanged since the time when the Lenape Indians roamed these same woods. Contrary to the dark and threatening forests depicted in fables and movies, to me the woods have always been an inviting place, a refuge for enlightenment and reverie. This series explores and transcends the real with the unreal by merging different photographic genres. Through abstract impressionistic photography and digital enhancement, my intent is for the viewer to escape, if only for a moment, to a forest of ethereal beauty and solitude. Inspire hope persevere Strong and impervious Live simply and creatively Hypnotize life Walk tall. Each is an acrylic facemount framed in an LED Lightbox illuminated from behind to accentuate depth, color and light.
BethAnne Lutz has been published on websites such as 1x, ArtFreeLife, and represented with 2 images in the LensCulture competition gallery of Earth Awards 2015. She was awarded Honorable Mention for her Enlightenment series at the IPA - International Photography Awards 2016. Lutz's Illumination series is featured in the LensCulture Network Gallery 2017. It is a seemingly endless tract of lights, malls, housing developments, and highways that stretch from Washington DC to Philly to NYC to Boston. Yet even amidst the sprawl of one of the busiest, most developed areas on the planet, there remains areas of natural beauty and solitude. Lutz's Pennsylvania home is 40 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of NYC in the Unami Creek Valley. She photographs the natural surroundings of the area and then brings those images to the screen to paint dreamlike moods and surreal atmospheres.