Lori Pond grew up in the bowels of Orange County, under the shadow of Mickey Mouse’s ears in Anaheim, California. She was around 10 when she caught the photography bug from her father, who was an amateur photographer with a garage darkroom. They would go out to Joshua Tree in the springtime, and capture macro images of the ephemeral wildflowers which sprouted from the dirt. He taught her how to develop and print her own photographs. Around the same time, she began playing flute and piano, eventually taking her musical skills to the internationally-renowned music school at Indiana University. She graduated with honors, but decided her next act was to get an MA at USC in Broadcast Journalism. After receiving her degree, she worked in television as a graphic artist for the next 35 years. All along the way, she retained her love for photography, and gradually expanded her vision to create fine art, conceptual photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, is held in public and private collections, and has been widely published. In the last two years, she joined Pasadena Photography Arts as an advisor, securing grants, curating, and acting as a co-host for their programs FORUM, and Open Show. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Statement: “As I See It” is a series that examines and reproduces the fact (according to neurological studies I’ve read) that our brains, as a survival mechanism, can only process a few things at a time. Thus, most of the information we take in visually is thrown out, and/or given less prominence in order not to overwhelm our senses. In my work, I’m picking out what I notice most in an image, and I give it more prominence, either by rotating or enlarging a section, segmenting/vignetting other sections, or colorizing select areas. I’m trying to replicate what I think my brain is selecting what I see, not what my eyes select/see. Consequently, I’m also trying to figure out what my brain registers as “important.”