photo by Parrish Dobson

In my photography, I explore our link to the natural world -- how we live and develop cultures within the natural world, and how we influence that world. I look at the ways that the environment, both the natural and the built, help to create our individual experience of reality, as well as the ways in which family and culture affect the individual. I am interested in creating images that suggest how our physical and social environment influences our inner experience, including our spiritual experience – or at least my own.

I live and work in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island, Canada. My work has been exhibited widely, shown museums and galleries, as well as the galleries of botanic gardens;  it is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, Harvard Art Museum, the Polaroid Collection, and the Eaton Vance Collection, among others. I have received several significant awards -- twice I was given an Artist’s Fellowship in Photography by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; other grants and awards have come from the Artadia Dialogue for Art and Culture, the Polaroid Foundation, and The New England Foundation for the Arts. My photographs and books, Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens (2010) and One Family (2001) earned awards from the Garden Writers Association and the Magazine Association for the Southeast. I am a professor emerita at Simmons College, where I taught photography for twenty years, and currently I am a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center.

Curriculum Vitae