Barbara became interested in photography years ago when her father bought
her a 35mm camera and encouraged her to take a photography course at Cuyahoga
Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. The camera became her magical tool,
capturing the essence of the world around her and allowing her an avenue
of interpersonal expression.
Soon after, Barbara took a second course at CCC. There she did not learn
much in regards to technical skills but she did learn to study other master
photographers by reading about and viewing their work. She discovered the
images of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans and knew this was the type of
photography she would like to pursue in her own style. However, at that
time there was not a degree program in Cleveland. Therefore, in 1980 she
moved to Dayton, Ohio to enroll at Ohio Institute of Photography. She graduated
in 1982 with a bio medical and fine arts photography degree. In addition,
took workshops with Howard Bond in his zone system workshop, Bruce Barnbaum
Photographic Arts Workshop with large format cameras, and a Ansel Adams
workshop with John Sexton and Morely Baer.
Shows & Recognition:
Barbara has shown her photographic works nationally and internationally,
including states such as Kansas, Maryland, and Illinois; as well as India.
She has been recognized and praised for her work throughout Ohio. Some of
the exhibitions include the Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland Center for Contemporary
Art, Cleveland Ohio, FAVA Gallery (Firelands Association Visual Arts) Oberlin,
Ohio, Society for Contemporary Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
Gallery Representation at Art -101 art gallery, Medina, Ohio.
Those who view her work have responded with marvel at her ability to capture
not just the visual flat surface or the mere appearance of sites and areas
but to go beyond to the depth of our own personal experience and
Her urban portraits were published in the photography book, “Images Of
The Heart: A Bicentennial Celebration Of Cleveland and Its People.” Her
landscape images are featured in another book called “Cleveland: Continuing
the Renaissance;” as well as other publications for calendars and books.
My passion for photography, natural landscapes, and constant learning motivates
me to go to extraordinary places. The landscape of Ossabaw Island, Georgia
is a new body of work I am now photographing, discovering the intimate beauty
of this remote island’s natural, unspoiled environment.
With every trip to the island, I discover anew the serene beauty of the
environment of Ossabaw Island with its beaches and dunes, moss-laced
cypress trees that reflect off the black swamp waters, tranquil wide marshes.
This remote island is a is one of the most intriguing areas in Georgia. Landscapes
shift with the tides, endless pristine beaches are strewn with boneyards of
sun bleached trees felled by the relentless tides, and twisting trees heavy
with moss. Changes in light, in wind, and changes in atmosphere transform
the scene hour by hour. When I return to the same location at different times
throughout my stay I am always amazed to see something completely different.
My work interprets and reflects my response to the landscape in exquisitely
detailed pure black and white photographs, captured with my 4x5 view format
camera. In printing the images, I utilize traditional silver gelatine, now
an increasingly rare process since the rise of digital photography.
I believe the true beauty of a photograph can only be captured, in it’s
purest form, in a traditional darkroom. Handcrafting allows each creation
to be its own unique piece of artwork.
Ossabaw Island is an unspoiled place set aside for natural and cultural
study, and education, now and far into the future. My experiences on Ossabaw
have reinforced my sense of dedication to use my art form of photography as
an inspiration for others to work together to save nature’s places of spiritual
sanctuary for future generations.