Patricia Barry Levy is an artist who lives on the edge of the prairie grasslands that begin just east of her home near Denver, with the Rocky Mountains rising up nearby to the west. She was born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany in 1949, and after many early childhood moves settled in Colorado at the age of 12.
She has degrees in history and photography. She worked as a newspaper photographer in a small western Colorado town before opening a commercial studio in Denver in 1985, specializing in people/portraiture for national magazines and corporate publications.
Levy’s present focus is using her photographs in composited images that reflect her personal vision and concerns.
Ongoing forces of nature and man have shaped the flora, fauna, and land that we see. While we may sense these changes, they are not always visible to us. I record multiple seconds in time, then rearrange them into tales that hint at the mystery of what went before, and a concern about what may lie ahead. I strive to make engaging images which carry a deeper message for some viewers.
By layering and compositing multiple photographs I am able to delve further into the realm of imagination than ever before. I am excited to be working in a very contemporary way, using my camera as the starting point in the construction of visual stories.
I take photographs on designated road trips, most often to the wide-open spaces of the American Great Plains. With few people and an abundance of seemingly empty space, it feels like a tabula rasa from which to reflect on our relationship to the land and the natural world. The skies, horizons, and fields provide backgrounds.
I look for colloquial objects that have a sense of history about them, to photograph on the spot or take back to the studio.
Once in the studio I do setups and scans using objects I’ve collected. Sometimes I search for vintage illustrations to incorporate as well. While I often have a general direction or theme in mind - especially when working on a series - it’s the surprises and serendipities along the way that are the most rewarding part of the process.
The circle of making work is not complete until it is viewed on the wall. I enjoy doing all my own archival printing, although very large sizes are done by a fine art printer I’ve worked closely with for years.