“The Arts have been an integral part of my life from a very early age; first as a musician, and later in life as a visual artist. My passion for finding beauty in what may be sometimes considered unexpected places is very evident to the viewer. The artist’s eye sees colors, shapes, and details often missed by others. Photography is not so much about taking pictures as it is about creating art.” ~Sue Henry, fine art photographer.
A retired music educator and professional musician, Sue Henry has been studying and practicing photography for a number of years. She has received instruction in photography from well-known and talented Western Kentucky artists and has attended photography classes at the Paducah School of Art.
Henry additionally has continued her education by constantly surrounding herself with photography books, examples of works of others, attending photography workshops and seminars with nationally recognized photographers, as well as taking advantage of a multitude of on-line learning opportunities.
Sue Henry’s photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the United States. She has received awards from Knoxville Photo, Knoxville TN; Nature Undisturbed, Serenbe GA; Photographer’s Forum; and Proofs ‘09, Murray KY. Having images featured in several print publications, she is additionally a respected photography teacher and workshop presenter. Henry has enjoyed an international presence on Vision and Verb, a collaboration of women of a certain age who have a passion for photography and writing.
Facing Obsolescence is a collection of images captured with the intention of remembering and savoring the history, texture, details, and even the scent of old books.
As technology advances, book stores are becoming obsolete. Many people are now turning away from traditional books and opting for e-readers. One tap at the top of the electronic page generates the book mark; one tap on a single word calls up the instant dictionary. Swipe a finger across a line of print and a highlighted passage has been added.
Missing, however, is the warmth and beauty of books lining the book shelf and the ease of ‘flipping through the pages’ to recall special pictures or valued passages.
One often wonders, will books eventually become obsolete? Will future generations have the opportunity to know and value the printed page? That remains to be seen.
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The Cherry Street Cottage
The Cherry Street Cottage series represents the family collections, traditions, and history that we all have in one way, shape, or form. These are the ‘things’ that have helped shape who we are.
As children we grow up with the familiar belongings in our home. As adults, with the passing-on of generations, decisions must be made what to keep and what to dispose of.
The question becomes how do we honor the past while looking toward the future.
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Disappearing Landscape is a series of images that honors the history and culture specifically of Nolensville TN, but generally much of rural Tennessee; documenting the past before it gives-way to the future.
The historic area of Nolensville and surrounding areas in Williamson County TN are facing growth and change in a way that is shocking to the life-long residents.
The gently rolling scenic landscape of rural Tennessee is literally being blasted and leveled away to make room for new subdivisions. Trees are being ripped out by big earth-moving heavy machinery. Historic homes dating back to the Civil War are either much like an island in the midst of new development or are being torn down. Disappearing are the family barns and silos. The pastures, fields, and farms that represent a rural way of life that so many value and cherish are slowly becoming ‘history.’
Sadly, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Change IS inevitable, this we all know. My purpose is not to fight change, but visually memorialize the sense of rural history and beauty of our quaint area … before it’s too late.
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Nearly every morning I go outside to soak up the quietness of the fresh new day and to savor the many gifts that nature provides. Often I find myself absorbed in the subtlety of nature; photographing nature as I ‘feel it’ rather than as I see it.
Using a long(er) shutter speed and intentional camera movement, I ‘paint’ with my camera much like a watercolor artist paints with a brush. When painting wet-on-wet in watercolor the colors will often bleed and blend, creating what artists frequently refer to as ‘happy accidents.’
In Nature Meditations, the bleeding and blending of shapes and colors give a gentle, quiet impression of the glow and color of early morning. A playful, experimental attitude is necessary when creating images of this nature for the desired outcome is never guaranteed or promised.