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Kate Breakey says the photographs in her recent series titled Creatures of Light and Darkness are inspired by the sounds she hears in the desert.

“The Desert is so much about listening to it,” says Breakey.

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"Creatures of Light and Darkness," painted photographs by Kate Breakey

Breakey’s photos feature dream-like images of the secluded lives of coyotes, javelinas and other desert creatures. The up-close photos are taken with a motion-sensing infrared camera typically used by wildlife researchers and hunters.

“I call it the ‘spy camera,' because basically we are spying on the creatures that we live with but don’t ever actually get to see this close up,” she says.

“Creatures of Light and Darkness” is on display at the Temple Gallery downtown through Tuesday.