The Earth and Moon, 4 billion BC
The Earth and Moon, 4 billion BC

Black and white composite print of multiple negatives, hand colored.

The Rain, the Rainmaker and the Moon
The Rain, the Rainmaker and the Moon

1984 - a composite print of multiple black and white negatives shot with Kodak infrared film, hand colored. Light painting with flash lights, outdoors, at night with one of Merry's friends posing. The petroglyph in the background was inherited from Merry's father who devoted much of his youth to studying the petroglyphs of northern Michigan.

Field of Dreams,    1992
Field of Dreams, 1992

This image was shot with Kodak Infrared film from an airplane that Tom Winnett was piloting. It is a multiple negative print.

And for Pangaea, a Moon,   1991
And for Pangaea, a Moon, 1991

24 x 28 inches Black and white, multiple negatives, toned, hand colored with paint and glitter Pangaea was a huge continent of 300 million years ago. It consisted of North America, South America, Africa, Australia and all the other continents of today's Earth. There was a single global ocean. In this image, Merry suggests a matriarchal culture with twin women worshipping the newly emerged moon.

 Moon Tower,     1991
Moon Tower, 1991

Black and white, multiple negatives in a composite print, hand colored. Often a moon tarot card celebrates the imagination, the unconscious and the dream world. This tarot card, invented by Merry, features twin towers and a fantasy landscape full of symbolism and mystery.

Twenty Years,   1982
Twenty Years, 1982

Black and white - multiple negatives - toned - glitter-

Moonrise over Mono Lake, 1991
Moonrise over Mono Lake, 1991

Black and white - multiple negatives - toned - glitter-

Moon Flowers        1987
Moon Flowers 1987

Black and white - multiple negatives - toned - hand painted

Mythic Voyage (Stonehenge) 1992
Mythic Voyage (Stonehenge) 1992

This is a black and white print from multiple negatives with selective toning and added glitter. The collaged photographs of the moon were made to look like Polaroids. Merry photographed the moon extensively with a 35 mm camera (Minolta) and a sharp, telephoto lens. She was persistent in capturing perfect shots of the moon's phases.

Milky Way Moon,  1991
Milky Way Moon, 1991

Black and white - multiple negatives - toned - glitter-

Artistic License,  1991
Artistic License, 1991

Black and white - multiple negatives- infrared - toned - about 24 x 28

Cradled,     1987
Cradled, 1987

Black and white - multiple negatives - toned - glitter- hand colored Monument Valley, Utah re-imagined with the ocean that was there once upon a time. Also, a super-sized moon is cradled between the two "mittens" of this landscape.

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Moon Series

The symbolism between the moon and women inspired Merry.

     She studied the science and mythology  associated with the moon as a powerful female counterpart of the sun.  In 1992, she taught an interdisciplinary course on the moon's facts vs. fictions.  Four faculty members shared their respective disciplines in science, religion, art and literature to help generate new ideas for all members of the class. Merry produced 28 new, complex photographs for the final project.

 Reminder...All of the photographs on this website are produced from film and a darkroom.