Beth Bridgers Johns spent her childhood in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She earned a degree in Studio Art from Duke University, where she focused primarily on print-making, oil painting and photography. She also obtained a Diploma of Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, BC, and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland. After raising her children, she worked in various design and architectural firms in Bozeman, Montana.
In 2013 Beth and her husband retired to Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington, where they are both able to pursue and share their respective passions: photography and boating. Beth finds inspiration on this beautiful island and its waters. She believes the artistic process is important for human well-being and enjoys sharing her artistic vision with others through her photographs.
I am inspired by the colors, contrasts, forms and textures of nature that take me back to the sensory surprises of my childhood. When I have my camera in hand, I look at things a little differently. When something arrests my attention and fills me with a sense of wonder, it compels me to create a photograph in order to capture this vision and to share it with others. I use the camera’s settings to achieve the effects that intensify my vision or to experiment with techniques that may take the vision in a new direction. I find no fault with using the digital darkroom of Photoshop in the same way. For me, the entire photographic process is extremely exciting.
Recently, I have discovered that some of the details in my photographs have begged to be repeated in patterns, resulting in composite images. The repetition and rhythm present in the new image accentuate its emotive quality, while creating another layer of perception. Because these photos are created from multiple detail repetitions, they can be printed quite large and remain sharp, revealing the variations in focus, lighting, and color with greater emphasis. Some patterns lend themselves to the form of mandalas.
I love the creative process when it feels as if I am not the one in control, but I am being directed by something beyond myself. I believe this is the essence of inspiration and is why I love doing photography. My hope is that what is motivated by my own surprise, wonder and awe will elicit some of the same emotions in those who view my work.
Some of my work is currently displayed at The Garry Oak Gallery, 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, 360-240-0222, open daily 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, http://www.garryoakgallery.com