Bob Wood, Shreveport, LA Member Since September 2008 Artist Statement Bob first became seriously involved in photography in 1979, when he finished a draft of his doctoral dissertation on the history of Albuquerque and was looking for an outlet for his creative energies. Among his subjects were the New Mexico desert, his parents' home on Terra Ceia Island in Florida; City Park in New Orleans, where he lived for a year; and the bayous, flowers, and old buildings of Shreveport, Louisiana. His favorite photographic subjects are scenes of ordinary life which are so charged with feeling and arouse so much awe that the mysterious essence of our world shines through.
His career has been as varied as the subject matter of his photographs. In the 1960s he graduated from Vanderbilt, earned a master's degree in English at the University of North Carolina, and taught English at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Wanting to better understand the country, he entered the graduate program in American Studies at the University of New Mexico and took courses in several different departments. After earning his Ph.D., he worked as a housing planner in Metairie, Louisiana, before returning to Albuquerque, where he held positions as a technical writer, a managing editor for a database and a real estate appraiser. In 1992 he earned a master's in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University, and in 1993 he began working as a reference librarian at the LSU Medical Center, now the Health sciences Center, in Shreveport. Wherever his path has taken him, Bob Wood has appreciated the beauty of the sights around him and has used his camera to share what he has seen.