Mary-Jo Bennett specializes in nature, travel, and architectural color photography. Her favorite subject matter is in her own backyard of West Virginia; however, she has traveled widely to capture scenes of uniqueness and beauty. She is particularly drawn to photographing images of our rapidly vanishing countryside, hoping to inspire the viewer of her work to appreciate the history of a place and its natural beauty.
M. J. looks for vibrant color, rhythm, pattern, and unique textures in her subjects. Many of her photographs exhibit a painterly quality. This is intentional and the result of early morning or late afternoon light capture, in-camera controls or manipulation, and the final printing process. Once an image is finalized in her computer darkroom, she prints each photograph on a pearl-finish, professional photographic paper to achieve a unique softness to the image. She also mats and frames each image to ensure the most attractive and highest quality results.
M. J. has studied photography through the Torpedo Factory and Fairfax County Community College in Alexandria, Virginia and has taken field and classroom workshops by some of the nation’s top professional photographers. She is a member of the Potomac Valley Nature Photographers, the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, and Art Berkeley in West Virginia. She exhibits her work through galleries, shops, and art shows in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.