Excerpts from the Essays
The Stars and the Sands: The Photographs of Stephen Strom
In the images that make up this volume, you will find a poetry of the earth's interior processes - what the poet Joy Harjo, in an earlier collaboration with Strom, called "secrets from the center of the world." I do not mean, strictly speaking, the interior processes of magma and fire, although such things are certainly present here. I mean, rather, processes of patterning - for if nature abhors a vacuum, it loves a well-formed pattern - and of transformation.
Beyond the Pale
Strom evolves an extraordinary sense of place through compositional devices that combine depth of pure observation with multiple levels of association. His approach produces a symbolic discourse, saturated with the multifaceted features of nature and the nuance of never-ending discoveries. The photographs serve both to exquisitely replicate nature and to construct visual experiences that depict various stages of change.