Photographer Barbara Simmons presents a portfolio filled with vibrant colors and textures. As a young child, Barbara could always be found wandering around with a camera in my hand. Too young to own one, but not too young to look through that viewfinder! It seemed as though she could ‘see’ life clearer through that little hole!
For Barbara, it’s the click of the shutter that signals the start of a new creation… that instant of stillness, the quiet excitement of knowing, the joy of being present in the present. Every action thereafter, in creativity, stems from that one moment captured. Once the image is uploaded and while working in the technologies available to photographers, rarely does Barbara actually know for certain the next step that will reveal that “emotional recognition” of the moment. Layering image textures, using photographic composites which is combining two or more separate photographs to create an image, painting with light; all these techniques are the actions that lead closer to the mystery that unfolds. But certainly, each individual image dictates the action taken.
“I believe the emotional content of an image is the most important element, regardless of the technique. Therefore my goal is to evoke an emotional reaction. One that remains in the heart.”