I don't think it would be an understatement to say that I live and breathe photography. I can definitely trace my fascination--some might say obsession--back to my Dad who dabbled in the art and even progressed to printing his own color images! The rise of the digital single lens reflex camera further piqued my interest. Being able to shoot an endless number of pictures and then edit each one to showcase my own vision was (and still remains) intoxicating. As opposed to many other photographers who brand their work by concentrating on one genre or palette, I never limit myself. I'm equally intrigued by landscapes, portraits, macro work, street life vignettes, abstracts, and more. If pushed to identify one unifying factor, I've repeatedly been told that my images are painterly. I'm honored to share wall space with the four other talented women whose art currently graces the Member's Gallery of the FCCA. https://www.facebook.com/FritziNewtonPhotography https://www.instagram.com/fritz09thekat/?hl=en
When I was much younger, and living in Switzerland, I was famous among my friends for not making the effort to haul a camera around with me on our many jaunts. I would ask my camera toting friends to make extra prints for me. I got a lot more photos of myself than I would have if I had been behind the camera, and all I had to pay for were the few prints I wanted. When I was much older the digital single lens reflex cameras were invented. I purchased a Nikon D-50 before a trip to England and Scotland because I was going with my non-camera-toting husband, and wanted photos of the trip. I got totally hooked on photography on that vacation, and came home with hundreds of photographs. A cousin encouraged me to enter some of them in a show here in Fredericksburg. Much to my surprise, the judges liked them enough that I came home with some awards. Entering that show introduced me to the talented and friendly local photographers, who soon became my friends and mentors. As you can see, I am still entering shows and hanging out with my photographer friends 15 years later.
Growing up in the Deep South, I was the quintessential outgoing, active, free-spirited only child interested in anything and everything. One of my prize possessions was my camera – a Brownie Hawkeye gifted to me over 70 years ago at eighth grade graduation. What a wondrous thing it was! I photographed people, pets, landscapes, houses, cars, flowers and anything else interesting, sent the roll of film to the local drugstore and in a few days received the photos. Such excitement opening that envelope and seeing the images – frequently out of focus, too far away, too dark, too light – but miraculous. Over the years, I “graduated” to more expensive equipment by Nikon, Minolta, Rollei, and others, shooting film by Kodak, Agfa, Adox and Fuji. My current choice is a digital Canon 7D MkII. The wonder of the image remains! And I still have that Brownie Hawkeye! https://www.facebook.com/normawoodwardphotography
Penny A Parrish
After careers in journalism and law enforcement, I enjoy the solitude of working alone with a camera. I am inspired by simple scenes: the colors of the seasons, architecture, and abstract photography. I moved to Fredericksburg from Minnesota, and am intrigued by the history of Virginia and the images it creates for a photographer. I still think like a film photographer, looking for good angles and setting up individual shots rather than putting the camera on burst and capturing multiple images. I also do my best to “repurpose” old frames, giving them a second life with many of my photos. Most of my photos are taken with a Canon PowerShot SX60 and my iPhone. You can see more of my work at Brush Strokes Gallery and 810 Weekend Gallery. www.PennyAParrishPhotography.com www.facebook.com/penny.a.parrish
With a background in international travel and performing arts, I’ve gravitated toward the non-collaborative arts of photography and writing. I regularly challenge myself artistically to see the world with the fresh and immediate eyes of a tourist, especially in my hometown. The depth of opportunities in this region never ceases to amaze and influence my art. This challenge has been enlightening and wonderful seeing different perspectives from other’s eyes. Most of my photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix or IPhone 11 Pro. Since March 2020 a Daily Breather photo has been posted at facebook.com/SueHendersonPhotography or additional collections on www.FocusByHenderson.com