Bonnie Newman‘s collection Impressions: Cape Cod is showing in the Griffin Main Gallery until March 26, 2021, as a part of the Atelier 33 exhibition. To learn more about her abstract visions of Cape Cod’s landscapes, we asked her a few questions.
Which of these images was the impetus for this series? How did it inform how you completed the series?
I started experimenting with ICM (intentional camera movement) last spring, as a way to “capture the spirit” of landscapes and help me see familiar places differently and more powerfully. I knew I wanted to explore the “dreaminess” of ICM for the Atelier project.
How has your photography changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic? Has the Atelier been a motivator to persevere through these trying times?
My photography has blossomed during COVID. I could wander alone
with my camera for hours at a time and connect with my environment
in new ways. The Atelier provided the venue to push myself more
deeply in this direction I was already heading.
How does your process for shooting landscape scenes influence the final pieces?
I have chosen places that speak to me, and love shooting in the early morning light. I’ve shot literally hundreds of photos utilizing ICM, and have chosen a very select few that capture the spirit I am seeking.
What do you hope we as viewers take away from viewing your work?
I hope to share the serenity and the ephemeral nature of beautiful
environments and encourage people to see landscape in a new way.
Tell us what is next for you creatively.
I hope to continue shooting landscapes in ways that help us to see our natural world differently—using both ICM and multiple exposures. I also am considering utilizing these same techniques with close-ups of natural elements, such as leaves or plants.
Visit Bonnie Newman‘s website to see more of her work.