Ruth Drescher will speak on
"Finding Beauty in the Mundane"
Digital Imagers Meeting
Sunday Feb. 4, 2018 at 1:15, Pitt Scaife Hall, Room 1102
I have always liked taking pictures even as a child, but my serious interest really began with the discovery of digital photography. Two things caused me to explore this medium: One, I was a real estate agent at the time and we were required to take photos of houses we were trying to sell. The second thing was that in 2002 I was fortunate enough to sail around the world with a program called "Semester at Sea." For this occasion I was given an Olympus digital camera. I was fortunate that one of the staff members on the ship had developed some expertise in digital photography at that time, and he turned out to be a very good teacher. I took hundreds of photos at that time.
Since then I have discovered what really excites me. Often it is an image which others wouldn't even notice, let alone photograph. I tend to find beauty in the mundane. I love cracks in the sidewalk, and puddles which take on interesting shapes. I have had about 6 or 7 shows in Pittsburgh, and I just keep on going. In addition to digital photography, I have also created images on the screen, and have produced a children's book with some of these "friendly creatures."
Early shows were at Studio Z, Undercroft Gallery and University of Pittsburgh Book Store. My first photography show was at The Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill, Spring 2007. In September I showed the France and Ghana photos at the Squirrel Hill Library. The next show was at Make Your Mark in Point Breeze. Then in July 2009 another show at Squirrel Hill Library. Gallery Chiz now offers my work and several private owners have purchased. The Ghana images were published in a volume by the organizers of the Conference on Slavery held in 2007. I had many group shows over the years.
I am a current member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and former member of Associated Artists of Pgh. Also of the Fibre Arts Guild.