|EPNet Member Profile - Bev Pettit|
|Bev Pettit Photography|
1042 Willow Creek Road A101-505
Prescott AZ 86301
|Available Services: Art, |
|I’ve always noticed the imperfect beauty that surrounds us in so many mundane objects that it almost becomes an obsession with me. I guess my eye was “trained” to see quirky details after four years of studying fine art in college. Since then, I feel the urge to look at "things" around me differently. To appreciate that which is not perfect. My picks are usually the scrubbiest Christmas tree on the lot, or the most flawed in handmade things, or the runt in a litter of kitties, for example. The Japanese have a word for this. They call it Wabi Sabi. Or, seeing beauty in the ordinary.
I only discovered my love for the camera when I moved to Hong Kong in 1991 where I worked for a large American investment bank. Spending six years working in Asia gave me ample opportunity to wander around the back alleys of such exotic locales as China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Thailand and Malaysia with a humble Minolta film camera and as many rolls of film that I could carry in a back pack. I travelled by motorcycle, bicycle or bus so that I could have close contact with the people and to experience life close up. Welcoming doors were opened to me everywhere I went. Some had never seen a camera before let alone a woman on a motorcycle! After Asia I moved directly to London where I spent another three years working for the Bank while photographing around Europe in my spare time.
Today life is much different than it was during those adventuresome early years. No big cities, no Banks … just me, my family and our gaggle of horses, cats and dogs, and of course, my camera (which thankfully has also progressed in this digital age) where we all live on a small ranch in my beloved northern Arizona.
Horses have always been a significant part of my life. But now that I have all the time in the world to be with them I have found beauty in them in ways that I never thought existed. The way their mane furls in the wind, the musculature in their necks and legs, their thankful facial expressions shown when deserved patience is given to them so that they can understand our wishes, the beauty of Wabi Sabi in the most ordinary of horses. I try to convey this essence, this beauty, in all horses that I photograph, whether it be a high bred Lusitano, a war scarred wild stallion running free on the prairies of our public lands, or one of our beloved back yard pets. They are all equal in my mind and eye. They all possess exquisite beauty and all share the same needs; the three Fs ... Freedom, Food and Friends (sound familiar?).
I am honored to be able to share my passion for these beautiful creatures with you through my photographs. I hope that you "feel" their essence when you see their portraits. This is my wish for you.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the Simple Beauty of nature. ~ Anne Frank
To see more of Bev’s work visit www.BevPettit.com.