.Judy Guenther’s photographs, What’s Out There?, and Her Eyes, featured in the anthology’s centerfold collage, evoke longing, seeking, needing, and questioning.
She photographed the young Chinese girl in What’s Out There? in a region where homes were lit and heated with charcoal. By her observation, Judy concluded that there “didn’t appear to be much in the way of comfort or play things.”
In her second photograph, Her Eyes, taken in Istanbul, the young woman accompanied her younger brother to buy bread at a local kiosk. She was aware of Judy photographing her from a distance, yet “her look was inquisitive, as much about me as I was inquisitive about her world inside a black burqa with only her eyes showing.”
Judy’s attraction to this project stemmed from appreciating the natural pairing of writing with visual arts. “While the human imagination can conjure a wealth of mental images from stories, having a visual image to illustrate a story brings a type of focus that strengthens the full impact of the writing.” Fourteen of her photos were featured in the Autumn-themed issue of Vignette Review, an online periodical from Chicago. She’s an artist who has tries to “capture more than just a travel picture” striving for the unusual and hoping to include “an element or elements that make the viewer linger on the image.” Her desire is that her images evoke feelings in the viewer.
Because travel has become commonplace, Judy’s greatest challenge as a photographer is to capture iconic locations, like the Tah Mahal, “in a different light and without scores of other tourists in the way. That sometimes means going early or late to a location, finding a corner of a complex before others arrive or truly seeking a different view from a small plane or helicopter.”
Nine years ago, Judy retired from “a stressful job with the government.” Three years later, with the encouragement of her photographer husband, who inspired her to learn the technology of capturing good images, she “picked up photography.”
Judy’s other interests include being a life-long cellist and singer. She’s someone who has “always enjoyed creating art through music.”
To see her photos in the anthology, check out bit.ly/READFLASH.
To view her images online, go to her website: www.judyguentherphotography.com
Credit for Judy's photograph above goes to Alison Shaw Workshops.
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.