Jill Corson remembers the year her vision changed, when every window became a kaleidoscope.
She found herself peering inquisitively into shops and restaurants, less interested in catching her own reflection than the fragments of people, buildings, cars, and signs that converged in each pane of glass. A camera lens, with its own filters of glass and mirror, seemed an apt medium through which to pass her ephemeral visions.
“This all started when I slowed down and stared for a while,” she says. “Walking with my camera in Atlanta, I relaxed my eyes. Reflection in a store window revealed a new way of seeing the world.
“Suddenly, I saw not only what was before me, but also things beside me and behind me,” Corson says. “Fascinated, I began to make photographs incorporating my new way of seeing.”
Corson works as Program Manager for the Urban Systems Lab at The New School in New York. She worked at Parsons School of Design from 2004-2018. She led the New York Chapter of Advertising Photographers of America (now American Photographic Artists) as President & CEO from 2000-2002.
Corson lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.