A Mixed Bag: Photographs by E. Faulkner, S. Gesmer, and W. Perez


A Mixed Bag: Photographs by E. Faulkner, S. Gesmer, and W. Perez
June 30 – August 10, 2018

Artist Statements

Evelyn R. Faulkner

My motto is the world is a beautiful place and the camera is my eye on the world. I put this into practice by being able to take that single shot that shows the beauty that surrounds us.

To tell a story in relation to what is happening in the world around me is the purpose of my photography. I love to travel and explore unique destinations that involve adventure, excitement and visual awakening.

I have exhibited for the last three years in the UConn Stamford’s Art Gallery Annual Juried Photo Show and have won an award in the Animal Category. My photographs have been chosen for the cover of the Town Planner Community Calendar for both Fairfield and Stamford, Connecticut.

I am a retired Speech-Language Pathologist but continue to work privately with students. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (Film and Television) from the University of Montreal, Canada. I have a Masters Degree in Speech/Language Pathology from New York University.

Please feel free to visit my website: www.erfaulkner.photography

Susan Gesmer

I do not photograph flowers because I have a thing for flowers. I photograph flowers because I have a thing for life. I have suffered from a rare degenerate disease for almost thirty years, which profoundly circumvents my life. Because I cannot go to Mongolia’s Gobi desert and photograph the Bactrian camels whose spirits transfix me because I cannot go to Alaska and zoom into the eyes of the polar bear; working slowly over the years I grow flowers and create my photographic images.

I love the unexpected emerging of fauna in the flora as the flowers speak of their complex archetypal souls. I marvel when my photographs of flowers resemble insects, birds, reptiles and other animals. It is life transformative when art can shed light on the greatest challenges and difficulties in our lives bringing unforeseen gifts and blessings.

I am a poet, writer, artist, singer, dancer, psychotherapist, sculptor, naturalist, and bibliophile. I attended The New England School of Art and The Art Institute of Boston. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology; a Masters Degrees in counseling psychology and certificates in Psychosynthesis and Transpersonal Psychology.

I come from two generations of women artists. I frequently feel these strong visionary women with me in my creative life.

Walter Perez

I am a photographer and naturalist who has been working in the Galapagos for two decades. My photography skills were initially self-taught by reading about photography and taking pictures. I like photographing wildlife and capturing animals in action.

As a naturalist, I am in the field every day. I try to photograph the unique animal moments that you can experience only once in your lifetime. Through photography, I have learned about animal behavior. At times the action is so fast that it is almost impossible for the human eye to see it unless captured by the camera.

My book, Galapagos – Life in Motion, Princeton University Press, is set to be released on August 14, 2018. The book is a photographic celebration that captures the fascinating behaviors of land and sea animals in the Galapagos Islands.

My award-winning photograph of a Great Frigatebird stealing nesting material from a Red-footed Booby, Battle of the Sticks, is on permanent display at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford Campus.