Featured speaker at the f295 conference, Pittsburgh

March 27th, 2014

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I will be giving one of the featured lectures on Friday May 30 at the 2014 F295 Symposium: Photography Beyond Technique http://www.f295.org/2014/speakers/
Here is the description:

For over forty years, Bea Nettles has used various approaches to photography including mixed media, alternative processes, black and white, dye transfer printing, and artist’s books. Her themes have been consistently autobiographical and narrative.

The focus of this lecture is Nettles’ use of photography’s unique abilities to reveal the passage of time and a sense of place.

She will share Turning 50, featuring combinations of her black and white photographs with text that contrast her body with a familiar landscape, and thoughts about her past, present and future. Next shown will be Seasonal Turns, four booklets that feature photographs laid out in evocative combinations.

Composite images formed the basis of a decade long body of work, Return Trips reflecting on her travels to Italy, Spain, Morocco, and several states including North Carolina, Maine, Illinois and Florida. She combined these images with portraits and glimpses of her daily routine expressing time’s layered and cyclical nature and the sense of place and memory that she has experienced more strongly as the years pass.

Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons and Place are recent poetic works that utilize her cell phone photographs of surnames that are parts of speech found on gravestones throughout the USA. The four seasons are the subject of Stonecipher. Place contains four pieces she has written about American history and regions: the North, South, East and West.

Always inventive and curious, Nettles continues to blend new ways of communicating ideas (digital and digital printing) with one of the oldest, poetry and the spoken word.