So, "Secret Garden" is a change-up, she said, "veering off from this classic photojournalist style to something like fine art. I think it's something in between fine art and photojournalism."
Some of the images are abstract cityscapes, some are nature pictures where "half the photo is about the graphic quality of it and line and shape and all that."
The inspiration for "Secret Garden" came about through workshops with master photographers Jeff Jacobson and Maggie Steber. In working through six years of work and thousands of photos, Caskey said Steber had advice for some of them: 'You really need to keep a file of these that are like your 'Secret Garden.'
"While I was so immersed in this reportage, I couldn't help but make these other pictures off to the side," Caskey said.
Her issue-oriented photojournalism is still going strong, she said, but "I think 'Secret Garden' will be a continuing vein for me. This is kind of like my first pass at it. This is more the artist in me rather than the journalist."
Working in West Virginia, so passionately wrapped up in documenting mountaintop removal's impact on average lives, has constantly presented to her photographer's eye a conundrum reflected in this show.
"You can turn and look out on the moonscape or you can turn and look at some leaves and light and there might be your secret garden there behind you.
"My constant struggle is how to look at it in a new and fresh way. In the meantime, 'Secret Garden' helps me do that and shifts my perspective from the overwhelming devastation to another slice of life in the world around us."
For more on ArtWalk, which runs 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, visit charlestonartwalk.com.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.