It can be said that I have been taking pictures since my first Brownie camera back in the early fifties. Back in the good ole days with 120mm film. I still have those early negatives of friends on the beach and the pet dog. Ironically it was a Brownie outing and we were all wearing our uniforms. I can remember eagerly waiting to get the roll developed at the drug store down the street, which would take an eternity for a child of seven. Those pictures are in a box under the guest bed, not labeled and not organized, but part of my life’s best treasures.
After the Brownie my dad let me use his Argus C3 for family vacation shots when I got a little older. Little did he know the impact of those Kodachrome slides of Yellowstone and Glacier on the imagination of a yet undeclared landscape photographer.
Fast forward a lifetime and here I am, immersed in the art of photography. It has been a journey of discovery, of failures and eventual successes that have kept the art of seeing alive in me for over sixty years. For twelve of those years I sailed the oceans of the world with my husband on a lengthy sailabout, and it was that experience that taught me the most about myself and how I see the world. I had to learn patience and gratitude. Patience because you are not in charge of anything and gratitude because at the end of the day life had presented me with glorious palettes and memories.
It is because of those solitary watches at sea that I learned to not only look, but to see what was around me. I began to see the energy flows, the synergy in the world. The memory of glorious dawns and sunsets, of the millions of stars and constellaltions, moonrises and the moonlight dancing off the waves, keeping a sailor company for hours. These moments taught me to treasure our world.
I think that I became a landscape photographer because it is a great excuse to keep me out and about in that world. Down to the Andes of Patagonia. Up to the Great Bear Rainforest or Haida Gwaii in Canada. Or the Aran Islands in Ireland. Our own North American continent is still so wild and wonderful and empowering that in fact I don’t really need to travel far to be inspired.
The wheat fields in the Palouse region in Washington are frozen ocean waves. The Rainforest is ever changing and majestic. The Washington Coast is untamed and never the same. Photographing my own state is a private love affair with my corner of the world.
The equipment I carry ranges from my Linhof 4×5 film camera with a bag full of Schneider lenses, my Nikon D700 (soon to be the D800) full frame digital camera with a half a dozen Nikkor lenses, and my Lumix DMC-LX5. I’ve got all the bases covered, and the best camera is the one that I have in my hand at the time. I develop my files on my MacPro and print on my Canon ipf5100. Unless I have a negative that needs the silver halides of a darkroom print. I do like the magic trays and the red light and the soft jazz. It just makes the light sing.
My formal education was at the University of Washington where I graduated in Zoology and worked in the field of neurobiology. When my husband and I retired in 1987 we set sail for a period of twelve years before we returned via the Panama Canal in 2000. It was then that I took up photography with the intent of becoming a landscape photographer. Self taught since then, I believe that I can say I have learned the craft and am now trying to perfect the art.
My work has been shown in many juried shows in the West: Palm Springs “Earth through A Lens” in 2011, Bainbridge Gallery on Bainbridge Island from 2001 to the present, the annual CVG juried Show in Bremerton where I won the coveted First Place in photography with my Kirby Mayview Road picture in 2009 and the Kitsap Purchase Award in 2010 with the Evening on the Dunes taken on the Eel Creek Dune in Oregon. I’ve placed 2nd and 3rd in the Ocean Shores competition with my sand shots of Death Valley back in 2001. I have also shown my work in Spokane through a juried show of the Polouse sponsored by the the City Council for the Arts in 2011 and at the Washington State Convention Center for a state wide juried show of “Only in Washington” in 2009.