I have always found solace and a spiritual connection in nature.
Twelve years ago, as I was entering retirement, I had the good fortune to buy a small cottage on Cape Cod with large windows overlooking a simple pond. About that same time, I discovered photography, and have probably recorded several thousand photos just of this pond alone.
I usually rise with the light and greet the pond. The morning sky and the view continually change, and I take photos from my window, my dock, or my kayak.
As I began to “live more in this landscape”, I looked deeper in order to share the connection I felt. I began to reimagine the landscape–moving from taking one photo to blending multiple exposures, and seeing the landscape as transparent, fragile— and magical.
These photos are a celebration of my pond in the morning light.
Bonnie Newman is a photographer, outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler. With her camera, she experiences and captures the splendor of nature, compelling moments, and new environments.
Newman finds inspiration in nature, whether an expansive landscape or a detail that catches her eye. She sees abstraction everywhere and is attracted to shapes, transparency, distortion and fragmentation. Her recent landscape work utilizes the techniques of transparency and reflection, double exposure, and intentional camera movement to reveal her singular vision of a scene. The resulting images vacillate between serene and edgy, offering a flight from reality combined with a hint of mystery.
Newman’s photographs have been exhibited in a solo show at the Cary Public Library in Lexington MA. She has also exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography and juried in to group exhibitions at the Cambridge Art Association, Arlington Center for the Arts, Plymouth Center for the Arts, and Gallery Twist in Lexington.
She photographs for the Brewster Conservation Trust and the Town of Lexington Conservation Department, and her photos are on display at Brewster (MA) Town Hall, and the Lexington (MA) Visitor’s Center and in private collections.
Newman has taken photography courses with Emily Belz at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Griffin Museum of Photography, and the DeCordova Museum. (2015-2020). She participated in the Atelier 33 at the Griffin, has taken online workshops with Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery, and workshops on Cape Cod with Steven Koppel and Julia Cumes .
Newman lives in Lexington and Brewster MA.
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