As a child I found refuge in nature and studied the small creatures that lived in the woods. As an adult, I collect small things that please my eye—a sand dollar, a dried flower, or tiny animal bones. I use these objects as props in my photographs that I place into manufactured settings, projecting my own stories or concerns onto the scenes. After the initial image is taken, I bring together photography and digital drawing to create studies that blend object and environment together. Each image in this ongoing series is a quiet reference to past experiences; as I age, places, names and stories slip in and out of my memory. I consider the question: If the details of my past fade permanently, then what do I become? These images are my way of remembering.
As a child, Terry Bleser spent many hours in the neighboring woods climbing trees, running wild, and studying the resident creatures. The natural world was a refuge for exploring her external and internal worlds. As an adult she gravitated to capturing with a camera the sense of ordinary quiet places like those of her youth. Her photography serves as a means for personal exploration and advocacy for the natural world.
Terry’s background in graphic arts, painting, printmaking, and the sciences inform how she sees the world and interprets it through photography. She has extensive training in photography from the Corcoran School of Art, New England School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, and the Griffin Museum.
She has exhibited in group shows at PhotoPlace Gallery, Griffin Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and a solo show at Gallery One in Boston. Her work has also appeared in magazines, and brochures in support of local conservation groups. She currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.
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