Sue Dumke feels a kinship to Ernest Hemingway. After living in Paris for a year, she realized that the legendary author who made his home in Paris from 1921 to 1926 also lived the last years of his life in Sun Valley, Idaho, the place the Pennsylvania-born photographer has called home for years. She decided to embark on a large-scale project that captured images of Hemingway’s favorite cafés, brasseries, bars, and bookshops in a state-of-the-art new medium known as HDR (high dynamic range imaging).
Unlike plain high-resolution photographs, HDR involves a unique method of enhancing luminance by overlaying several images taken split seconds apart from each other at different exposures. The resulting composite image has a greater range of luminance, recovering variations of intensity, tone, and contrast that can be found in actual scenes. Dumke was inspired to apply this technology to Hemingway’s Paris venues so that the actual nuance and detail of these well-known images could be recovered. She then developed them in a painterly, grainy style reminiscent of Hemingway’s era.
Dumke began taking photographs while she was still a teenager. At age twenty she began photographing Buddha statues while on a visit to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The statues became a life-long subject for her and inspired Dumke to turn her hobby into a profession. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and was recently featured in shows at the Grace Teshima Gallery in Paris and at the 43rd Annual Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho. For more information and to see more of her work, visit her website at www.suedumkeimages.com