Rebecca Blume Rothman

I work in the tradition of fine art photography that was best described by Bill Brandt in 1937 when he defined Atmosphere as being the spell that charged the commonplace with beauty. By emphasizing a small specific space within a larger context, my subject is illuminated in a manner that is both familiar and yet strange. Much like a dream, the subject becomes an unreal place where one’s imagination is left to fill in the missing pieces.

When choosing a subject to photograph, I find that instinct is the best guide. I am drawn to areas with historical remains however the resulting images rarely connect with this fascination. Rather, they take on lives of their own by becoming more about the sense of place and less of an illustration of the monument or debris. Hence, while I am drawn to particular spaces, ultimately I depend upon the mood of each scene to dictate how and when I will photograph.