Beth Shepherd, Seattle Member Since June 2006 Artist Statement My interest in photography started when I was a child in our basement where my father had a small darkroom. I thought the entire process was pure magic. Over the years, I dabbled in photography and fine arts, but it wasn’t until I heard about SX-70 Polaroid manipulation that I found a beautiful way to merge photography and painting.
I use a car key to manipulate the Polaroid image, creating a painting-like effect. For me there is nothing like seeing an image in my mind’s eye, capturing it on film and then experiencing the tactile pleasure of carving “brush strokes” into the photo.
Inspiration for my art is all around me, in the day-to-day ramblings of life. I might stumble across old theater chairs and find myself taken in by the rich color and history. Or I might pass a woman lying on a dock reading a book and remember the sense of peace I experience when I take respite in a moment by myself. I try to recreate the feeling I had at the instant I captured the image.