Worlds apart from my typical street photography, the abstract water-centric images of “Dancing Alone” grew out of a quest for sweet visual lemonade diametrically opposed to the bitter and lonely emotional landscape of Covid-19.
In March 2020, the pandemic cut me off from the creative urban energy that had powered my art during regular visits with family and friends in Dublin and cities along the East Coast. Then the virus infected my 94-year-old mother; in early April she died.
As I ached from the rawness of those profound losses, photography offered little solace.
Yet in the spring, abstract patterns partially hidden outdoors near my home unexpectedly caught my attention. Experiments with a close-up filter heightened their attraction and helped nudge my photography in a new direction – one that examines the playful interaction between water and a variety of elements, including air, glass, acrylic ink, food coloring, and oil.
These unchoreographed dances and the intrigue they foster have shed light on a liberating photographic path forward, even within the confines of a still uncertain future.
After decades of working as an arts reporter for the Boston Globe, Associate Director of Public Affairs at Harvard Medical School, and marketing consultant for local arts groups and businesses, Judith Montminy switched gears to pursue her own fine art photography.
While studying at Harvard, Griffin Museum of Photography and South Shore Art Center, she was accepted as a Juried Artist Member at National Association of Women Artists, Cambridge Art Association, Plymouth Guild Russell Gallery, and South Shore Art Center.
Providence Center for Photographic Arts featured her Enlightenment series in its inaugural invitational exhibit, Behind the Lens: Women in Photography. Additional photographs have been juried into international, national and regional competitions, including Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), International Monochrome Awards, Griffin Museum of Photography, Art Complex Museum, and “Best of Photography” published by Photographer’s Forum Magazine, to name a few.
Judith lives south of Boston where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Helen Bumpus Gallery and on Duxbury Camera Club’s Steering Committee.
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