Susan and Jerome Kaye have shared common interests for many years. They first started working together as researchers in cellular and molecular biology and then as photographers. Their professional work studying cell structure using microscope techniques brought a visual pleasure that is not very different from the enjoyment of photography, the arts and architecture. They spent several years photographing Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and more recently, have been exploring ways to combine photography and the power of the computer to produce new ways at looking at the world around us.
Susan uses computer manipulation to make kaleidoscopic images from digital photographs thus adding new visual patterns to those already existing in nature. For many years, she has also been recording the colors and patterns of sumac leaves that vary from year to year. To explore sumac color in more detail, images of individual leaves were combined and used to create kaleidoscopes. Then the colors at two edges of the kaleidoscope were extended to reveal the spectrum of color in the leaves.