ann george – the three chapters of illumination: god calling

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Ann George

The Three Chapters of Illumination: God Calling

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This body of work represents a metaphorical journey of my advancement through Three Chapters Of Illumination; burden, enlightenment, and liberty. Throughout the series, I used the image and representation of the wolf to symbolize fear and the girl to signify mankind.

In Chapter One, fearfulness establishes an internal anxiety, a captivity of sort, which evokes feelings of hopelessness. There entangled, is an existence of wandering of being misguided by unwise choices. Howling in despair at never breaking through the barricade, it is as though one is always against the wall. Gravity’s power manifests in materialism and things of this world and it seems as if loneliness and desolation is the destiny of the grave.

Chapter Two reveals the opportunity for change. Coaxed by the messenger the truth is unearthed in the form of knowledge, the basis for all illumination… just trusting this wisdom moves one forward into the third and final chapter.

As confidence and trust is gained, power embraced, and victory unwrapped, the wolf remains. Now, with the authority of the truth as a weapon, he is controlled and powerless. It is in this power and the promise of it that one becomes fire proofed with freedom. Joy and purpose give rise to inspiration. This inspiration, infused with passion, participates in loving obedience and the gifts of truth. These now are shared others. As spiritual strength is gained through this journey, it is, in the end, the wolf that retreats. There is joyful liberty in a souls progress to freedom!



I’m visual artist who melds pixels, paper, and paint to create photographic fusions that celebrate my native Louisiana as well as people and places that move me. In an effort to create images that reflect a sense of nostalgia, I blend Photoshop techniques with oils, glazes, and waxes to create texture and depth. I meld pixels, paper and paint to create photographic fusions, I make an attempt to portray the role of inspirational storyteller through imagery, and look for ways to satisfy my vintage eye in the camera, in the computer, in the printing, and in the paint.


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53 Responses to “ann george – the three chapters of illumination: god calling”

  • AKAKY: L?

    AKAKY IRL; Not much, is it?

    AKAKY: Nope.

    AKAKY IRL: Sort of like being Miss Zucchini Festival of 1987.

    AKAKY: That’s about the size of it.

  • I love the feedback from everyone here. I am pleased that this work has made you thinkers and not just “see”-ers. I am just a girl with a camera (among other stuff) and a story I want to tell and in a way that I am guided to tell it. I do straight pure “unadulterated” photography as well. You can see some of it on my website. However, in order for my storytelling images to please me they have to have depth. Not only just in metaphorical terms, but in a textural and tonality sense as well. In a way, I am hoping to take you into them.

    I am a photographer. I am an artist. See? Everybody wins! I don’t care about the camera or the process. They are just tools I use. To me, that means I envision something, and I use the camera to do something about it. I know how I want it to look and I use the other media to create it if needed – to perfect it. I try to make humble attempts to take something you cannot hear, touch, or feel and make it so. In essence, I sense the images like a dog with a bone. I gnaw at them and use different tools until they speak to me and hopefully to you. I think I can be best described as a photographic artist.

    In the series, I used the mask and the wolf to represent fear and our ability to overcome it. After all, fear is our biggest enemy and what I believe holds us captive in every aspect of life. From child rearing, relationships, health, finance, security, even photography! The list is endless. Learning how to become fearless is what set me free to experience joy in the mist of the muck of life. I can continue to tell you what I had in mind when I created this work but that is not what I believe is important. Rather, what is it that you see? How do they make you feel? Do they make you think?

    I so enjoyed all the references made to the great illustrators, writers and photographers. It tells me that I may be on the right track. I am of the belief that everything has been done before. It is how it can be done in a different way that I am after. I think the commonality lies in our search to describe in tangible terms something we feel.

    I am particularly interested in Jeff’s comment related to the concerto format. Point well taken and am intrigued to perfect the project with this in mind. I know little of music structure but your comments have inspired me to learn more and incorporate this concept in my work. After all music makes us feel.

    I am the epitome of “emerging”. David’s mission found its mark. I have only been working in fine art seriously for a little over a year. I may be a newbie but I am I am no spring chicken either. I have had another life and career as a nurse before fine art photography found me. I am raising 4 teenage boys, have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I am not all about my work and create it only because I feel compelled to do so and it pleases me. I am FREE to accept gladly all forms of criticism and advice and ideas! I mostly like the connections and dialog that it has provoked and friends I have made who share the same passion for photography I do. For me that is the most rewarding reason for my work.

    Paul, feel free to punctuate away. I stink at it!
    And to Panos..Let Lola, the dawg, potty please…

  • As a thought inspired by the interesting exchanges between Jim Powers and David Alan Harvey on November 7th, I would like to offer a few of my thoughts.

    As a photography instructor, my very first question to students in the Intro Photography course is always “What is Photography?”. No one ever gets the answer I am looking for. Photography, when defined, is light-writing. Aspiring photographers need to understand that what they are doing is writing a story with images written by light to convey will relate to the viewer in a specific way. Ann was one of those students who fully understand this concept.

    A snapshot will tell a short story of a few words, who or what, etc.. A picture will tell a story of more words, and include some creativity or artistry worth more words. But a photograph tells a story that is much more; it speaks a thousand words to the viewer, and when joined with other similar images, speaks volumes. Photography has to start in the mind’s eye of the photographer. The more creative the mind of the writer, the more interesting the story will be to the viewer (reader).

    I am very proud Ann and her works, and am really happy she is stirring the minds of others interested in visual stories. Subject matter and story lines differ, but the concept of a quality story is always the same.

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