Princeton Together Sheila Bodine
August 20 - October 9
For four or five years, I have been documenting the Princeton community. I have roamed the streets looking for scenes of daily life, and have gone to many special events. Most of the events pictured in this show were presented by the Arts Council! Among the events included in this show are the Halloween Parade, the Bollywood festival, and the Day of the Dead, as well as demonstrations in support of immigrant rights and the need to protect our environment. My hope is that this exhibit shows the wonderful diversity we have in this community and the ways that various groups support each other to both inform and entertain.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My photographs are my visual diary. They record what I see at the time and reflect many of the experiences I have had over my lifetime. Most evident is my interest in people, especially children. Those are the interests which led me to be an elementary and secondary level teacher for most of my professional life. My other interests are Art and Architecture. I have worked both in an Art Gallery and in museums.
Cities provide me with endless opportunities to photograph people in a variety of environments. New York is a short bus ride from my home. Photographing there has led me to explore Urban life in several other countries. I have benefitted from participating in workshops in Paris, Rome, and Normandy (with Valerie Jardin), in Havana (with Doug Kaye), in Milan (with Steve Simon and Ugo Cei).
In addition, I have taken workshops in New York with Steve Simon, Valerie Jardin, Bob Sacha (through National Geographic Expeditions), and at the International Center of Photography with Karen Marshall, Jade Doskow, Richard Rothman, and Anja Hitzenberger.
I have also attended workshops in Miami (with Stella Johnson and Magdalena Sole at Street Photo Miami), in Boston (with Stella Johnson through Leica Academy), and in Rockport, Maine (with Peter Turnley, Karen Marshall, Vincent Versace, Jay Maisel, David Julian, Stella Johnson and Magdalena Sole at Maine Media Workshops).
In addition to attending travel workshops I have benefitted from participating in online workshops with Anja Hitzenberger, Edward Ratliff, Christine Callahan, Kai McBride, and Stefan Frank through Studelmedialive. I have also participated in online workshops with Vneet Vohra Through Miami Street Photography Festival, with Sarah Stolka and Jill Galloway Sherman at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, with Arlene Collins through Maine Media and with Quinton Gordon through Leica Akademie.
I photograph with the Fuji XT-3, using 16mm,18mm, 23mm, 35mm lenses, and 56mm lenses. I also photograph with Fuji X100v. My post-processing is minimal. I use Lightroom, and D x O plug-ins. My goal is not to change or create the scene but to record it as unobtrusively as possible.
Constant Repeating Themes
As a photographer, the themes of urban landscape and man’s impact on the environment have long intrigued me both artistically and intellectually. I witness this in constructions as simple as building façades in a strip mall to the deserted athletic fields in parks and playgrounds. Through my viewfinder I seek to contrast and compare the interactions of natural and man-made elements. I tend to seek out landscapes that speak to a certain stillness. In the buildings and structures that I photograph, I emphasize …
Video courtesy of the Princeton University Humanities Council Taking Pause is a documentary portrait project created by ACP Artist-in-Residence Robin Resch that asks people to reflect on what in their lives feels most essential. The project is on view in Princeton’s Dohm Alley from April-October 2021. With what do we identify and connect most deeply? What truly matters to us, and why? This series seeks to create telling portraits of people through what is deeply meaningful to them. To make these …