"Upon first glance, Cordelia Bailey's street photography of people and creatures, places and things, and acts of Nature falls within documentary traditions of image making and portraiture. Yet upon closer inspection, one recognizes a high degree of Bailey's artistic intervention in postproduction, thus making the majority of her final images realistically staged fiction, with the intention of creating fleeting scenes suggestive of plausible encounters in everyday life.
"Cordelia Bailey's strength within this body of work is in depicting psychosocial aspects in each photographic scene. She develops her own visual poetry, providing fixed points of reference for us to consider perceptions rather than realities--both hers and our own."--Madeline Yale Preston, excerpted from "People and Creatures: Reinventing Theater from the Real"