The Botanical Series began in 2005 when our family’s circumstances required me to be home more and doing my portrait work less. When a fellow photographer showed me work she was creating moving flowers while scanning them, I was intrigued. I had always found floral photography “wanting” and was inspired when I scanned the actual flowers and eliminated the camera. I was able to see extraordinary detail in the scans. Creating a layer of depth added to what became a flora portrait.
Composing these “portraits” is similar to my black-and-white portraiture, bringing together my skills as a photographer and graphic artist. When creating an image, I strive to reveal detail, depth and, if at all possible, an impression of motion
I use the black background for the flora arrangements because, as in my portrait work, it makes the subject pop and helps bring out all the details. It is the constant.
The Botanical Series is represented at Soho Myriad Art Consulting Services, in Atlanta, Ga., and Art Licensing.com, and on my website at http://www.susanbarmon.com. Images have been licensed and published with the above agents and are in private collections world wide. The botanical images have been selected by Jane Jackson, curator of the Elton John Photographic Collection and Julian Cox, curator of photography for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga., for inclusion in the permanent collection at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Botanicals have been chosen by Atlanta gallerist Fay Gold for inclusion in Atlanta Photography Group shows, and the series was selected for a solo show at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens in 2007-08. Ms. Barmon's botanicals were featured in the Fall 2008 Issue of Flower Magazine and in a featured article in the CSA Journal 1/2011. The day Lilies are in 579 rooms at the new Gaylord Hotel in Opryland, Nashville, TN.The entire botanical portfolio can be viewed at my website:
The “Drive By Shooting” series began in 2006 when I found myself behind the wheel more than I ever dreamed possible. My husband could no longer drive because of illness. The view changed when I moved from passenger to driver's seat. I’ve observed in my travels that people have a penchant for yard art, God and Jesus. They are everyday fixtures on the Southern American landscape. I find this curious because I was brought up to believe religion was a private, personal choice, not necessary to share publicly. The images in this series are my observations in my driving life and continues today. All the images have been made with either a Canon Elph PowerShot pocket camera or a slightly newer Panasonic Lumix pocket camera.
Laurie Kratochvil, formerly of Rolling Stone Magazine, and Benjamin Krause of Krause Gallery in Atlanta, have chosen work from this series for shows at the Atlanta Photography Group. http://www.susanbarmonphotography.com
Susan Barmon was educated at Syracuse University School of Art and The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Ga., where Ms. Barmon studied photojournalism with Dennis Carlyle Darling. Her career has encompassed retail and editorial art direction and location photography. A move to San Francisco presented her with the opportunity to photograph “The Littlest Cowboys” Jr. Rodeo portrait series, and begin “The Millennium” series. Both have been shown nationwide, and won several major awards. In 2005 Ms. Barmon entered the digital world with her botanical scans. They have been shown, licensed, published and are in private collections worldwide. http://www.susanbarmon.com.