Kim Tinuviel | Chromo-Alchemy

The influence of time and the elements on surface and color is the basis for the photographic series ChromoAlchemy.

While the composition of each of these abstract and impressionistic images originates from some everyday object or other, that original source may no longer be obvious. Indeed, the viewer is encouraged to look beyond the literal and bring his or her own perception to the interpretation, thereby rendering the source object irrelevant.

The title of the series, ChromoAlchemy is derived from the Greek, chromo (khroma: color) and alchemy (chumeia: mixture). Each piece takes its name from elements, objects and deities of the ancient Greek language and culture. I am the chromo-alchemist, mixing a bit of organic decay with some beautiful light, or a lovely natural line with a touch of oxidized color. Completely in-camera, I conjure the extraordinary from the ordinary and the magic from the mundane.

Images are not digitally altered except to lightly color-correct, expose or sharpen, and then only with the intent of restoring the original vision. By carefully mixing the elements of contrast, texture, dimension and motion, each composition in the ChromoAlchemy series is magically revealed.