this picture while I was on a road trip in Colorado. It was during the
time that there was gas rationing and I was waiting in line to get gas,
recalls photographer Stephanie Torbert. The light on this pillar was just
so amazing to me. There is this magical quality to it, as if it is saying there
is more to be had up here. Its about a passageway up to another world.
When Torbert was making these kinds of pictures at the end of the 1960s, it was
unusual for art photographers to work with color film. It began when Torbert visited
an advertising agency and someone there wondered what she could shoot in color.
I went to a department store, said Torbert, and started taking
color pictures. I didnt end up doing anything commercial at the time, but
maybe it nudged me in the color direction. It was a direction that would
last for more than 30 years.