The Tidewater Camera Club is pleased to present photographer Celia Pearson for a presentation, “Technique and Intuition: Two Keys to the Kingdom” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 1, from in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room.
Pearson believes that there are wonderful experiences and results in store for us when we are guided by both the technical and the intuitive. In this presentation, which includes her latest body of work, Molten Beauty, Celia shares specific techniques that are integral to her process of photographing and printing. She explains some of the ways she taps into intuition - that mysterious and elusive dimension of the creative process. It has been her experience that both these aspects of photography are, indeed, two keys to the kingdom.
In 1972 Celia Pearson was a young photographer watching black and white paper miraculously come to life in trays of chemistry. Liberal arts studies at Swarthmore College and Georgetown University had given way to the study of photography. Impassioned, and guided by an exceptional teacher in Annapolis, soon she was exhibiting in local galleries. Now her work has been exhibited widely and is in corporate, private, and museum collections.
Celia’s wide-ranging subjects have always been characterized by a strong sense of design and a desire to see into the heart of what’s before her. For many years, she was an independent assignment photographer, ultimately earning a national reputation for her photographs of designed spaces (interiors, architecture, gardens). From 1997-2012 her images appeared regularly in national and regional magazines. She has been the principal photographer for three books: "Wayne L. Good Architect: Tradition, Elegance, Repose"; "Pure Sea Glass"; and "The Lure of Sea Glass."
In the mid 1990’s Celia began to re-embrace her first love of making art photographs. Her trips to Southeast Asia in 2008 and 2009, which she has described as transformational, inspired a definitive shift from her focus on assignments to her own inner driven work. The trips also marked new directions in Celia’s art including her entry into digital technology, which led her to experiment with photomontages and prints on non-traditional substrates, including images printed on silk, hanging in space and free to move. She has continued with these approaches, most recently in 2015, with a large-scale exhibit, Molten Beauty, inspired by her experiences of a century-old industrial galvanizing plant.
Celia lives and has a studio in Annapolis. She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers; received an honorary YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award; has been featured on Maryland Public Television; and was the first photographer to receive the annual Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s Annie Award for Visual Arts. Celia’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and Washington, DC.
Founded in 1963, the Tidewater Camera Club strives to promote interest and participation in photography for all skill levels and ages. For more information, go to www.tidewatercameraclub.org.