Image credit (detail): Joan Dinkelspiel

March 2021 Member Showcase

For this month’s membership showcase, we are pleased to share the work of Joan Dinkelspiel and Janet Heineck. We thank them for their submissions, and we hope you enjoy what they have shared.

JOAN DINKELSPIEL – member since 2011

What are you working on?

A project entitled, “Safe Travels in Covid Time.”

Artist Statement 

Elders are known to reminisce and reflect; I fit the demographic. In my mid-70’s and at high risk during a global Covid pandemic, I hunker down, limiting travel to daily neighborhood walks and monthly forays nearby for provisions. Many Americans dream of retiring and taking trips away from familiar places. Instead, I make images with what is close at hand. I dig in my Seattle basement to excavate an old carousel projector and 35mm film slides I made many decades ago. I travel in my garden and in my laundry room by overlaying images that conjure up memories of times past. Projections from my deck to the neighbors’ trees remind me of a frigid 1971 December in Chartres Cathedral or in a Loire Valley chateau. Overlays on the washer take me to an intact Notre Dame Cathedral decades before the 2019 fire. Others in the laundry to a 1973 boat trip through the Golden Gate, and on the water heater to the summit of Mt. Tateyama, Japan, at sunrise. Safe travels with renewed gratitude for home and memory.

You can find more about Joan’s photography by clicking here


JANET HEINECK – member since 2014

What are you working on?

At the moment, I am working on informal portraits with a particularly contrasty ASA 400 film. This film will teach me a lot about controlling the range of lights and shadows both in exposure and in printing. In Spring quarter’s “Black and White Photography Projects”, I hope to improve these and other darkroom skills and, through much more experience with the camera, to refine ideas for my project for the course.

Artist Statement 

I am drawn to the lines, textures, subtle tones, highlights, and shadows found in nature. Natural light both brilliant and quiet, captured in black and white, can bring new life to ordinary scenes and objects. Such light suggests memory, reflection, and time passing for me: a means of seeing what is right before me, perhaps meditatively but always in a new way. 


Thanks again to Joan and Janet for submitting their work for this month’s showcase.

If you’re a member of PCNW and would like to share your photographs, we’d love to hear from you. Complete our online form by the 15th of every month and a jury will review your work for consideration. Not a PCNW Member yet? You can join online today!

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