About me - joannabridges

About me

When I was ten, a family friend taught me how to develop negatives and print photos. Seeing an image emerge from a blank sheet of paper in the developing tray was magical. I continued with darkroom work throughout high school. My photos of children in Roxbury, Massachusetts and scenes in the Virgin Islands, where I grew up, were exhibited in a photography show at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts.

I continued with my interest in photography throughout college and while raising my children. Once my children were grown, and I had more free time, I began studying photography again, first at the Silvermine Arts Guild in New Canaan, and then at the International Center of Photography in New York. I became am an Exhibiting Artist at the Rowayton Arts Center in Rowayton, Connecticut and an Artist Member of MOMA. 

Photography forces me to slow down and pay close attention to the world around me, particularly to the quality of light. It has also made me more aware of how unique and fleeting each moment is, consisting as it does of the time of day and year and the weather, which combine to affect the light, and the particular composition of the elements in the scene, all of which may never occur in that same way again. Though each photograph consists of a particular moment, combining several together provides the opportunity for a narrative through place and time, making connections sometimes straightforward and sometimes mysterious.  

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