This photograph is from Lilly McElroy’s series, I Control the Sun. The images in this series portray the simplest of gestures that are universally executed by everyone from an early age. She playfully juts her arm or her hand into the camera frame, circling the sun with her hand or pinching it between fingers distorted by the proximity to the lens. On the work, she simply states, “The photographs are part of an ongoing project in which I attempt to control the sun. An attempt is made and a photograph is taken every time I enter a new geographic location.”


This work ships from Atlanta, GA, US.

I Control the Sun #2, 1978
Archival pigment print
Work: 18 x 18 in (45.72 x 45.72 cm)
Frame: 20 x 20 x 2 in (50.8 x 50.8 x 5.08 cm)
1 of 15
Courtesy of artist and Rick Wester Fine Art, Inc
Signed, dated, and numbered 1/15 in ink on label on mount verso

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Lilly McElroy
I Control the Sun #2
  • Dimensions
    18 x 18 in (45.72 x 45.72 cm)