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silver (as in "noble metal") n. : a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography.
When it is winter in Brewerton, NY, I make black & white photographs. In my darkroom, when the snow flies and the wind howls, I am warm and fired. It is then that my juices flow. I deliberate and meditate for hours; I focus the negative in the enlarger, massage the print in the developer, stop, fix, rinse, then circle the cycle again. I never sit, always in motion as I burn and dodge the prints. It is physical, it is peaceful. No phone, no interruptions can occur lest light fogs the paper—a fortuitous reason to cut myself off from the world. I work in semi darkness, relishing the winter solstice. And finally, like a ghostly apparition, the image I strive for miraculously appears; it is black and white and lustrous shades of grey, a silver print—this precious metal now encases the image; it glows like a jewel lighting the darkness in my room.
Yolanda Tooley is a photographer who has worked in film, particularly black & white gelatin silver prints, in her studio on Oneida Lake for over 25 years. She has shown her work in juried shows at Syracuse’s Everson Museum, Chicago’s Womanmade Gallery, Highland NY’s Eliza Pritzker Gallery, Rochester NY’s Finger Lakes Exhibition, Washington DC’s Sumner Museum, Cooperstown NY’s National Essential Art Exhibition, Oswego NY’s Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibitions and the Schweinfurth Museum’s Made in New York exhibitions many times. Her work is published in Syracuse University Press’ “Stone Canoe”, the National League of American Pen Woman’s anthology, “Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln”, poet Michael Sickler’s book, “The Eye of Language”, “The Comstock Review”, and The Syracuse Cultural Workers, “Tools for Change”, among others.