An American Landscape
April 22, 2012
Judy Helderman has always traveled every spare minute she could escape. She says, “I traveled all over the world, and a good part of every day was spent with my camera. I wanted to take home the sights I saw. I wanted others to see the sights I saw. The camera held my emotions and my experiences.”
Back home, the whole country, from coast to coast, became Judy Helderman’s canvas. She would record the old and the new, great city skylines and rusting remnants of scenes gone by, people at work and people at play.
In each, as always, she saw a story.
Judy Helderman points out, “I strictly work in color. It excites me. I love it. If anything can be said about my art, it’s that the images are saturated in color. In other times, I worked in a darkroom surrounded by the pungent odors of chemicals. Now, my darkroom is my computer. On it, I can enhance the photographs and amplify the color. For me, it’s all part of the creative process.”
Of American Landscape, she says: “A vintage truck lies abandoned in an open field and remains as part of the great American landscape. It is a symbol of man in his never-ending quest to tame, although he can never really civilize, the farming country he depends on. The farmer sticks closely to the fruits of the good earth even after his transportation has died and been discarded among the furrows of his land.”
The artistic impressions of Judy Helderman’s work can be found in the Art Section of Caleb and Linda Pirtle.