Far from the Madding Crowd
As a child growing up in a small town in Texas I dreamed of living on a farm surrounded by animals. In suburban Massachusetts a couple of years ago, I discovered that my fantasy farm exists just up the street. Visiting the farm I formed attachments with the animals and have made images in my style developed over the last decade. Concentrating on fine detail not apparent to the naked eye, I find beauty in dirty faces and dripping saliva.
My images focus closely on individual animals. I capture their personalities and humanlike qualities – their questions, their curiosity, their wish for affection, and their offer of friendship along with their ever powerful appetites. Ideally I hope my images might help lead to more humane treatment for these animal such as advocated by Temple Grandin; and to a view of them as similar to our pets and worthy of being a “cause” like the prevention of cruelty to domestic animals.
Following a career as Professor of Physics at Wellesley College and Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, Judy Brown has combined her long-time passions for animals and photography. She is particularly interested in form, texture, and lighting in images and is attracted to subjects for their simplicity and beauty of form. Her “Elliott” portfolio of a spirited pony in his stall has been given a number of solo shows including two in Griffin Museum satellite galleries and an MIT Architecture Department Tele-exhibit. Selections from her “Antique Skin” and “Elliott” portfolios as well as other images have been selected for over a dozen juried exhibitions including Asbury University, Wilmore, KY “The Horse: A Juried Exhibit”, Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show , and SE Center for Photography “The Contemporary Nude”. Most recently she has spent much of her time photographing the animals on a farm in South Natick, MA consummating a childhood passion for farms and animals while growing up in rural Texas.
In the last decade Brown has taken several courses at Rhode Island School of Design and New England School of Photography. She has also taken studio art courses in drawing and design at Wellesley College. Workshops include Equine Photography in Southern France with Tony Stromberg, Maine Media’s “A Certain Alchemy” with Keith Carter, and Atelier 26 with Meg Birnbaum at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
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