Description During my first November at J&L, I noticed extraordinary clouds at dawn for a few days. The second year, I drove to the Birmingham Bridge early one Saturday. I was eager to photograph that sky above Eliza, which had been shut down. Back then, it seemed no one but a newcomer like me believed those blast furnaces would be dismantled. Everyone thought, in case of war, the country would need Elizas iron. Sunrise Over Eliza is special to me for many reasons. It was my first photograph in this multi-decade journey. And, the sun rising expresses the Steel Genesis theme of renewal.This image was first exhibited when chosen by the juror for the 1979 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Sunrise Over Eliza was also selected by MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier for her On The Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford exhibition.Sandra Gould Ford
Sandra Gould Ford, Pittsburgh, PA Member Since March 2019 Artist Statement The Steel Genesis images recall a vanished industrial era along Pennsylvania's Monongahela River. These documentary as well as painterly, poignant and vivid photographs remind that genesis is a universal and personal experience.
Sandra Gould Ford worked in the last mill to make steel in the city of Pittsburgh. She presents arts experiences to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking and inspire. She is an author, photographer, contemplative artist and quilt maker. Her work has toured the country and is in both public and private collections. She is an active member of The Authors Guild and Science Fiction Writers of America. Sandra Gould Ford explores the human experience through the arts while sharing her skills and talents. For more information, visit: http://SandraGouldFord.com