My husband passed away a few years ago. People didn’t know what to say. My own words weren’t enough. In time, I picked up my camera and went on long walks and hikes. I found scenes that reflected my sadness, sense of isolation, and grief. In their own way, these glimpses offered comfort.
Poet Marie Howe has said, “Art helps us let our hearts break open rather than close.” These images, and the act of sharing them with you, help let my heart keep breaking open.
Diane Bennett has worked with a wide range of people as counselor and colleague over the years. Through these experiences, Diane has learned that moments of beauty present themselves all the time in everyday life. Diane’s images try to capture these moments.
A self-taught photographer, Diane attributes her visual education to living in New York City, with its rich diversity and many art institutions. Before mobile devices, idle waiting in lines or for transportation was a fact of life in Manhattan. With or without a camera, she would often ask herself: What’s the best photo I can take right now? This long-time practice, a love of visual arts and her varied life experience inform Diane’s photography.
Diane was a member of the 2017 Atelier Workshop at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. She currently builds affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, MA, and photographs their volunteer efforts.