Golemboski’s dark room invites trickery

Dark and eerie, photos evoke a mood of mystique and curiosity for the objects they display, chalky white on black board-style etchings.  This May, Colorado-based photographer Carol Golemboski’s photography exhibit, “Psychometry,” is on display at the Healthy Living supermarket after a month-long stint at Pine Street Art Works. In the series of black and white photographs, Golemboski has framed a history of found objects, brimming with existential thought.”My initial inspiration for the series was old objects that had belonged to my family for generations,” she said.  “I thought they were particularly mysterious and sort of tragic in the way that they were all that was left of the people who owned them.”Rummaging through estate sales, auctions, flea markets and antique stores, the native Virginian says she keeps a working list of the things she would like to find.  However, these treasures often surprise her.  “I end up finding things that I never knew existed and then forming an idea around them,” Golemboski said. The pieces surround the gallery, curiously drawing each viewer in to take a closer look beyond the picture, into the objects’ past.  Psychometry, the name of the exhibit, is the ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them, according to the Oxford   English Dictionary. An intrigued Golemboski  was immediately drawn to this idea.”I’m creating a language with objects and asking anyone who views my work to read them.  I also like the suggestion of psychic phenomena,” she said.The lighter images and etchings, which Golemboski manipulates in her darkroom, stand out against the black, inviting darkroom trickery.”I almost always manipulate my images in the darkroom,” Golemboski said.  “I like the way a manipulated photograph can play with people’s perceptions of reality.”Golemboski, who took her first photography class as a sophomore at the University of Virginia, soon realized her creative ability.  Up until that point she wanted to be writer.  “I later came to realize that I make pictures in the same way I use to write creepy little short stories, ” she said.  Golemboski,  a curious photographer of stories, does just that with “Psychometry.”