EPIPHANY: Tintypes

Epiphany, an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking;  an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure;   a revealing scene or moment.    All of us move through emotionally-charged times in our lives, and in the turmoil, unnoticed threads disentangle, allowing us to reexamine the complexity and intricacy of our situations.  We are able to come to new understandings about ourselves,  positions in life, and relationships with others.



Marydorsey Wanless is a fine art photographer and educator living in Topeka, Kansas.  She is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Art Department at Washburn University in Topeka, where she teaches black/white darkroom photography, alternative processes, and advanced digital photography. 

Her work incorporates personal experiences combined with alternative photographic processes.  She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; and has received many awards, including the grand prize in the SoHo Gallery’s alternative photography show, The Krappy Kamera Exhibit 2009.  Her work has been published in SilverShotz 2009, Art Buzz 2010, Plates to Pixels Magazine, Visual Overture Magazine, Lightleaks, Shots, and Feminist Media Studies.  Her images will be included in the 3rd edition of Christopher James’s book on alternative photographic processes, and in the 2nd edition of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity  by Michelle Bates.

She received a Bachelors of Science in Art Education with teaching certification in 1971, and a Masters of Arts in Interior Design in 1972, both from University of Missouri at Columbia.  She completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Kansas State University in 2009.