In Beth’s words…
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.
To see more of Beth’s work as a photographer go to www.bethbjohnsphotoart.com