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Judy Brown


Judy Brown Photography

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Artist Statement

“Following a career as Professor of Physics at Wellesley College and Research Scientist at the  MIT Media Lab, I combined my long-time passions for animals and photography.  I am particularly interested in form, texture, and lighting in images.  I am attracted to subjects for their simplicity and beauty of form.

My “Elliott” portfolio, of a spirited pony in his stall, has been given a number of solo shows,  including two exhibitions in the Griffin Museum satellite galleries, and at an MIT Architecture Department Tele-exhibit.   Selections from my “Antique Skin” and  “Elliott” portfolios, as well as other pieces, have been selected for over a dozen juried exhibitions including  “The Horse: A Juried Exhibit” at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, the “Member’s Show” at the Texas Photographic Society, and “The Contemporary Nude” at the SE Center for Photography.

Most recently, I have spent much of my time photographing the animals on a nearby farm in South Natick, MA,  consummating a childhood passion for farms and animals while growing up in rural Texas.

In the last decade, I have taken several courses in the Certificate Program at Rhode Island School of Design,  and in the New England School of Photography’s evening program. I have also taken several studio art courses in drawing and design at Wellesley College.   Workshops have included “Equine Photography in Southern France” with Tony Stromberg, “A Certain Alchemy” with Keith Carter at Maine Media, and “Atelier 26” with Meg Birnbaum at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

2 responses on "Art Critique: Judy Brown"

  1. The combination of warm and cool lighting here is adding to the wonderful mystery and ambiguity of the piece. The subtle hints of color are actually some of my favorite moments in this image, and makes me wonder how you could experiment with that more. Playing around with how natural lighting and artificial lighting, like sunlight and a fluorescent bulb in a barn, work together could be the first step in trying this out. Or perhaps that’s how you achieved the look in this piece!

    I also started to think about colored bulbs and gels, as well as playing around with the hues in photoshop ( a program you clearly have skill in!). The way unnatural colors and the texture of the horse’s hair work together may unlock something really interesting! Imagine having a slight pinkish or green light falling on the horse. It could create an even more curious atmosphere. You could also push the colors as far or as little as you want, but playing around could be great for exploration!

    As someone who grew up around horses, this is such a rich and exciting subject matter! Horses are such wonderful beings with such interesting bodies and personalities! I can’t wait to see where you go next!

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Clara about the subtlety and ambiguity of this image! The lighting is especially rich… There’s such a wide range of colors within the horse’s hair, in addition to the variety of textures already mentioned. Looking at this piece feels like glimpsing another planet through a telescope — There’s so much to explore, visually!

    I almost wish you had cropped in even tighter, forcing us to focus more completely on that shifting “geography.” There’s something about the musculature of the horse that’s really compelling, especially when you obscure its other, more identifiable features. I would love to see more photos of the same subject matter, taken from different angles… Perhaps this would be worth revisiting in a future series? You could challenge yourself to capture as many different kinds of “terrain” as possible!

    I also want to applaud your expert use of Photoshop, here. You achieved the desired effect without detracting from the “naturalism” of the photo or pulling any of our attention away from the textures that are so much the focus of the composition. A digital touch-up that feels very analog… I was surprised to hear that you made that edit! Great job.

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