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ROWENE WEEMS

 FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER
All photographs copyrighted
©roweneweems+8th Art Studio, LLC

​HOW I SEE                  

I am not interested in shooting new things- I am interested to see things anew.  -Ernst Haas.

​My camera has always been an extension of my body.   With it, I see and watch for things more intensely.

It also helps me keep a fresh perspective of and create deeper connections with people, cultures, and

the natural world. 

I explore and experiment with different imagery, resulting in multiple series. The Poetry & Motion 

series began in 2017 as a deeply visceral experience.  Images are created in-camera with slow

shutter speeds  (now known as ICM). They reflect my lifelong attraction to impressionist painters and

the partially rendered sketches of the masters. Like them, I try to create mystery and beauty by

softening the world, moving the viewer to feel the energy or calm of a captured moment.  

Photographer Ernst Haas put it beautifully when he explained why he chose motion to liberate his work:

...In music, one remembers never one tone, but a melody, a theme, a movement. In dance, never a moment, but again, the beauty of a movement in time and space...

The Workers of the World series highlights the often-overlooked workers. I've photographing workers

from the streets for years but began intentionally starting conversations and learning their names

during Covid.  It gives me joy to see how much they seem to love being recognized. They matter.

My past work with historic photos, as a museum curator, influences the more recent 

Wish You Were Here vintage postcards series. This work is narrative, intending to evoke nostalgia through subject, desaturation, and textures. The process has been my own nostalgic journey, remembering the years of uncovering "shoebox" museum treasures.

I have been surrounded by art all my life. My mother, an artist, photographer, and museum docent, made sure we were exposed to all art styles and mediums.  I fondly remember Miró puzzles and  Edward Hopper posters over our washing machine.  I received a BA in Fine Arts from Kenyon College, with additional art study at Boston Museum School and the University of Colorado. My continued photographic development includes several workshops at Santa Fe Photography Workshops and Rocky Mountain School of Photography. After receiving a Masters in Counseling Psychology, I had dreams of becoming an Art Therapist. However, a brief career as a therapist turned into teaching higher education psychology and then, twenty years as a museum director/curator.  

Over the last 40 years, I have been part of many group exhibits, solo exhibitions, competitions, and private collections around the country, including  Praxis Gallery, New York Center for Photographic Art, SE Center for Photography, Nicolaysen Art Museum, PhotoPlace Gallery, A. Smith Gallery and Fort Collins Center for Fine Art Photography. In addition, I have won several awards, including first-place entry in a Santa Fe Workshops competition. My work has been published in several publications, including  Princeton Press, Tippet Rise Art Center, and Architectural Digest. Other professional work includes events, home/architecture, weddings, and portraits. 

I have the good fortune to live in both the Wyoming Rocky Mountains and along the Connecticut shoreline. 

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