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 she is a member of the Guild for Creative Arts, Art Pres- ence, Southern Oregon Photography Group and the Rogue Women’s Photography Association.
Susan’s work reflects her love of nature and her passion for travel. She sees her art as a medium to share with the viewer, the people and the experiences she has in traveling the globe. At PhotoCentral’s 30th Anniversa- ry show her work, Smoking Momma, depicting a rural woman in Miramar won the People’s Choice award. Her work in this year’s show reflect the culture of rural Washington, Uzbekistan, and Miramar.
Two of her pieces, Brooklyn Bridge at Night and Trees in Mist are on permanent display at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sowmya Ramachandran
I was born and raised in India and moved to the Unit- ed States as a young adult. A trip to Colorado, a chance remark by a friend, and a small investment in a used manual camera launched me on the path to photogra- phy. Since then I have taken a number of classes and workshops to hone my vision and find my voice. While not making photographs, I work as a research scientist in educational technology, meditate, hike, and try to be nice to people.
Wanting each to have its own identity, the rain spots on the lens were eliminated from the painting. Color was eliminated in both also, another homage, to the French street photographers.
Always interested in the illusion of depth and space in paint, the major challenge was to make this scene look wet; a reminder that the visual world around us is con- stantly presenting a mosaic of abstraction.
Lisa Rigge
These silk hangings are a collaboration of English teacher and bonsai artist Dave Wright and photogra- pher Lisa Rigge. Both traversed the famous path taken by the premier poet of Japan, Matsuo Basho, who trav- eled 1500 miles on foot with his companion Sora from Tokyo (Edo in those days) to the far North of the main island and back to Kyoto during the 17th Century.
Lisa Rigge retraced Basho’s path in 2016 on a Walking Tour of Japan and took her images on this tour. Dave Wright traveled it 26 years earlier while on Sabbatical in Japan to study haiku poetry, Basho’s favorite form. They met through a mutual friend.
Dave has experience in collaborative work and suggest- ed this project, initially for a bonsai exhibition at the Alden Lane nursery in Livermore. They met numerous times, over the course of a year, discussing Lisa’s pho-
 As a photographic artist, she believes that all good photographs are self-portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams..... Whether digital or darkroom, her point of view has always been “what if?” as she explores the unique world surrounding us all.– Elizabeth Opalenik
 Tim Rice
When I learned of I.M.Pei’s passing last May, I thought I would do an homage to him. I’ve been interested in Pei’s architecture since college when in 1970 the Rockefeller Arts Center at the SUNY Fredonia, NY, opened its complex of ferroconcrete and glass buildings with new studios for photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and performance theaters.
Remembering I had this photo taken in 2009, I wanted to challenge myself anew, translating a given scene into paint.
tographs and Dave’s haiku. Working with others on a project teaches you to be open as to how you see and feel about your work, their work, and the new collabo- rative piece that is being created.
We feel this pairing of words and images gives one a deeper experience and understanding of the artwork. We hope that you enjoy the photographs, the haiku, and the journey.
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