Joan Bowers to be Featured at Burien Community Center through July 30

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Seattle Photographer Joan Bowers will have her work showcased in the lobby of the Burien Community Center through July 30th.

Bowers specializes in black and white photography, lith prints, Polaroid emulsion transfer and Polaroid image transfer prints.

“My interest in black and white photography dates back to the time when color film was not accessible to the photography hobbyist,” Bowers says on her website. “I never lost interest but it was only after retiring that I launched into improving my skills. This included learning darkroom processes and recently learning the art of lith printing, as well as work with Polaroid transfer processes. While I am toying with using a digital camera, my first love will always be the type of results I achieve with ‘wet chemistry’ processes.”

Here’s more info on Bowers:

I grew up in a small Pennsylvania town which was surrounded by the detritus of the anthracite coal mining industry.  As much as possible during those early years, my parents took me and my siblings to visit more verdant spaces such as farmlands, forests, riverside banks, and hidden ponds, in order to immerse us in their pleasure with nature’s unstinting beauty. The appreciation which they nurtured in each of us continues to influence my relationship with the world around me.

When I was about twelve years old, a Brownie box camera became my introduction to photography; my love for black and white photography goes unabated. In the past several years, I have honed my skills in darkroom processing and printing.  Currently, I do lith printing, a multi-step alternative process.

My photographs demonstrate my wish to convey a readiness to see beauty in even the simplest elements:  naked trees in winter, water that lies still in ponds or moves through channels cut into the land. These are scenes without people. While the presence of others in the scene is sometimes used to suggest perspective I believe this presence would impinge on the aim of my image – to provide the viewer with a momentary escape into this representation of nature as refuge.

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