In her new book Debra Achen explores the vibrant energy she experienced while visiting Stonehenge.
She considers the source of this energy to be linked to the monument’s evolving history – a story that changes over time with the prevailing thought and scientific discoveries of each era.
To portray the concept of energy, Achen uses a solarization process where tones in the photographs are reversed: dark to light and light to dark. Multiple-image pieces such as diptychs, triptychs, and layered collages convey shifts in energy. In this way her work becomes a metaphor for our perception of Stonehenge as it changes and evolves over time.
Frequency Shift: The Stonehenge Continuum contains 33 photographs in both color and black and white. Poetry by Christine Arturo and quotes by Frances Mayes, Henry James, and physicist Carlo Rovelli complement the message and spirit of the images. A brief essay on the mystery surrounding Stonehenge incorporates theories proposed over the centuries, many rooted in mythology, mysticism, astrology… even science fiction.
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Stonehenge | Sunrise at Summer Solstice 2019 (English Heritage)
Book Specs: Frequency Shift: The Stonehenge Continuum by Debra Achen (May 2021) | Format: Softcover, 7″x 7″ | Pages: 48 | Images: 33 | Printing by Blurb Publishing | $25.00. Available here.
Born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA, fine art photographer Debra Achen developed a passion for art and a connection to nature as a young child. She majored in Art Education at Edinboro State University before completing her BA in Visual Arts and Communications at the University of California, San Diego. She studied a variety of studio arts, including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture in addition to her training in traditional film and darkroom photography.
Achen’s work has been featured in international juried exhibitions throughout the U.S and in Europe.