Photographer Betsy Blackmer with some of her work. Blackmer will have her work on display at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. – Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Wendy Elliott
Small Realm, a photo exhibit of works by former Wolfville area resident Elizabeth Root Blackmer, is on display at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts until
Blackmer’s images are a macro-photographic exploration of the realm at the edge of vision, she said at a public talk recently.
Blackmer’s art consists of close-up images taken from nature. The macro-photographs are printed on paper or on recycled aluminum.
Given the tiny portions she focuses on, Blackmer’s subject matter tends toward the abstract. With her keen eye and vision, her photographs take the viewer on a journey that shows the exotic and dramatic in everyday plant and insect life.
Originally from the United States, Blackmer lived in Horton Landing for many years while working as a professor at Acadia. She now resides in Maine.
While studying at Harvard University in the 1960s, Blackmer studied still photography under Len Gittleman. Afterwards, she wore a variety of career hats - professor, author and software designer - but photography remained a lasting force in her life. The photographs in the exhibit are all close-ups from subjects in nature.