Celebrating the reclamation of the word “witch”, Frances F. Denny photographed a diverse group of women around the country (including genderfluid and trans individuals) that identify as various incarnations of the archetype.
Major Arcana explores the various ways the notion of witch-ness belongs to those who claim it, representing the witch as a self-sought identity that both empowers and politicizes its bearer.
Each image is a poignant portrait of the subject: there are few props and little staging, and each image is lit with ambient natural light portraying its Witch in her natural environment. Some stare directly into the camera, focusing their attention directly at you, and some are looking off, as if channeling some unknown force and convening with their elements. The individuals depicted each carry a gravity, reinforcing the magnitude of power that is within the modern era of witchcraft that we are currently experiencing.
Major Arcana: Witches in America opens on October 4 at Clamp Art Gallery in NYC, the exhibit will be up through November 24.