Monday, August 30, 2010

Photos by Linda Bock-Hinger on Display

Linda Bock-Hinger, a Bedminster photographer who loves to travel and record people and places around the world, will display her photos at Bernardsville Public Library during the month of September (Sept. 1-24).

Her photos chronicle her global travels, but for this show she has turned her attention to revisiting the USA. Her exhibition will have two foci: the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque and the architecture of the American Southwest.

Bock-Hinger states, “It started with thinking about what it means to live here, what our hopes, dreams, values, and general lifestyles are. I started to think about the many origins of people in this country and that in turn lead me to learning more about the Native Americans.” To understand more about their current life and customs, she attended the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque and photographed Native Americans in tribal dress and performing traditional dances and rituals. The “Great Chief” led several thousand Native Americans from all over North America in the Grand Entrance of the PowWow. Their attire, demonstrated by bold colors, elaborate feathers and exquisite beadwork, was designed to tell their story.

The architecture of our American Southwest owes its heritage to Native Americans, Mexicans, Spaniards, and influences from the early settlers who used whatever materials were at hand. The use of natural building materials and environmental orientation reflected the unique method of the Pueblos. These qualities of Native American tribes inspired the Spanish settlers who entered the Southwest in the 16th century.

Ms. Bock-Hinger explains, “It starts with opening the mind and heart along with the eye to capture a feeling, then I catch it with my camera.” Her photographs aim to make the viewer feel a connection to her subjects and thereby experience their lives and places in the world. Bock-Hinger’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions, juried art and photography shows, public buildings and museums, private homes, corporate offices, and several publications in the United States and other countries. Her international photographs have won many awards and prizes.

Bock-Hinger went from photography as avocation to profession after her retirement in 2000 from a career in education. She has studied photography and art and now combines them into artography, which uses photographs as the cornerstone of her mixed media work.

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