The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This series showcases the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope it will prompt a lively dialogue among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Sharon has been living in Portland for nine years and says, “It feels like the home I always knew was out there somewhere.” She is a psychologist with a busy practice as well as being the mother of two.
About the work
“I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember, but it was only last year that I finally bought myself a camera I could really learn and grow with. I strap it on my back and go for walks on my breaks or after the kids are in bed. Photography is something I can get lost in without worrying about ‘doing it right’ or making something for anyone else. I follow my eye, I play and get lost in how to capture the incredible beauty of this land or its people. I can’t seem to take enough pictures of trees, especially at night and with a fisheye adapter.”
Sharon’s pieces seem to capture a sense of history and promise, of where we have been as well as the life that continues.
This photo was taken on a very familiar stretch of the Willamette River. I have taken hundreds of photos of this river, some rich in detail, some landscapes. In this shot, I let go of capturing the facts of the place and just felt the spirit of the river and its banks.
This photo was taken near my parents’ tree farm in the Ozarks. For me, the landscape with the storm clouds and rich terrain speak to the nostalgia of the place.
This is another photo taken on my family’s tree farm. I love the reflection captured in the lake named for my grandmother. It is home, family, past, and present.
More of Sharon’s work:
Sharon’s photo titled “Limbs” appeared in Voicecatcher6. She also has a photo and an essay in the parenting zine, hip Mama Magazine #50, The Home Issue.
The Artist’s Challenge
In your imagination, return to the place where you were grew up. Select an object – your house, street, playground, school, favorite hiding spot – and find your reflection in it. That reflection can be the “you” of the past or the “you” of present. What can you capture about yourself by using a concrete image – like Sharon’s Lake Inez or Crawford Farm – as a springboard into your writing? Share what you create with the VoiceCatcher community.