My love of all things beautiful and unusual naturally led me to my love of photography. When I shoot a landscape, I see more than the usual…seeing shapes, texture, color, balance and images taken out of the common range of landscape photography. I can find a focal point or object that will make a statement about the landscape, or that sets a mood, or sometimes just breaks the traditional “rules” of photography with the use of shapes and light. Sometimes it’s something as small as the drops of water on the neck of a swan as it searches for food in the weeds of a pond, or that unexplainable find of a lone orange sitting on a beach nestled on stones of similar colors.
Although sometimes unusual, it is my hope that my photographs will bring a memory or evoke a sense of joy or peace to someone else…finding their way to live on someone’s living room wall.
Bernadette has been photographing most of her life after receiving her first box camera at age eight. She has a career in Graphic Art and Design for over forty years, owning her own business for ten of those years. Her creativity extended beyond the drawing board, into the kitchen, garden and behind the lenses of her cameras. In recent years, she decided to move to the next level in her love of photography and have started exhibiting her work.
Bernadette won the Andrew Darlow Award for her photograph “Trakai Castle and Boats” in the juried “Eyesights” exhibit at The Guild in Shrewsbury, NJ in 2009. She also won several first and second place ribbons at juried exhibits at the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, NJ. She won first place two years in a row in the Monmouth County Senior Juried art shows at the Monmouth Country Library Headquarters in Manalapan, NJ with her photographs titled “The Ents” and “Orange on the Beach”. Another photograph, “Beach Closed” is presently being displayed at the Monmouth County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services in Freehold, NJ.
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