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Street Stars

Willy Conley 

Willy Conley, a writer and former Registered Biological Photograher, has photos featured in the books Photographic Memories, Plays of Our Own, The World of White Water, Listening Through the Bone, The Deaf Heart, No Walls of Stone, Deaf American Poetry, and Broken Spokes. Born profoundly deaf, Conley is a retired professor of Theatre Arts at Gallaudet University (the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students) in Washington, D.C. For more info about his work, please visit   

Watergraph is a term he invented that came from taking photographs of water reflections that have been turned upside-down. Depending on environmental factors like the wind, debris in the water, and the color of the sky, each inverted reflection created a painting in its own right bordered by whatever was surrounding the water. Just as an artist chooses a type of frame and size to present a piece of art, these natural mirrors had their own self-contained frames in which they presented themselves in the landscape. All reflections were recorded as is without any double-exposures or extreme image manipulation. This has been a part of his serendipitous quest around the world for water reflections that range from little puddles to large bodies of water.  

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