For as long as I can remember I’ve had a heightened awareness of my surroundings. I take photographs because I want to capture that feeling of being mesmerized by a moment in time so I can relive those feelings each time I look at my work. My camera emboldens me to linger far longer than I might normally feel comfortable. Immediate digital feedback forces me to examine my personal perspective and determine whether to engage in the process obviously or to discreetly observe and record. My photographs are as much about what I leave out as what I choose to include and more about the feelings I have in the moment than the actual representation. Editing my images with Photoshop is akin to being “there” again. I believe an image cannot be created without revealing something about the relationship between the subject and photographer. The placement, the close or distant proximity, the lighting, the shots I choose to keep and the ones I throw away all narrate a search to find order in chaos through intense observation of the accidental commonalities that occur around us every day, in every moment.
Pamela Waldroup, originally from the Midwest, is a fine art photographer and art educator living and teaching on the north shore of Long Island. She holds a B.F.A. from Ohio University and a M.A. in Drawing and Printmaking from Long Island University where she studied intensively with Stan Brodsky and Richard Mills. Waldroup had extensive experience in printmaking with Dan Welden in Florence, Italy and at the Masters in Art Workshop in Southampton, LIU. She has taught digital and traditional photography and fine arts for 32 years. An artist member of the National Association of Women Artists in NYC and fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, NY, Waldroup has exhibited her work on Long Island and in NYC including the NAWA Gallery in Manhattan, 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Salmagundi Club in NYC, East End Arts Gallery, Islip Art Museum, Mills Pond House Gallery, Main Street Gallery, Art League of Long Island, Firehouse Gallery, LI Museum, Hutchins Gallery and smaller local galleries. Waldroup works exclusively in digital photography, often switching from her DSLR camera to her iPhone, editing on her Mac with PhotoShop CC, and printing all of her own work to create images ranging from fine art black and white photographs to composites that convey the feeling of a traditional printmaker’s print.