Bearwood Images is the husband and wife team of Fred and Susan Magness. We have been involved in the world of photography for the past 25 years, first as a hobby and later for more serious creative expression. Having photographed a wide variety of subjects during those years, we still consider ourselves generalists, capturing images ranging from indoor still life to outdoor landscapes, from architectural abstracts to the finest details of flora and fauna.
It is our hope that the images we create compel you the viewer to pause, contemplate and reflect. To feel you are standing where we have stood or are feeling what we have experienced. The sharing of an experience is a strong human need that helps us feel understood and often creates a bond that lasts a lifetime.
We generally photograph together and often find we are drawn to different aspects of the same subject. Fred usually steps in for a closer look at the details of a subject, while Susan often steps back to capture the larger, broader perspective. “Ready? March!” illustrates Fred’s interest in the closer, more detailed perspective while “Water Dike” demonstrates Susan’s inclination toward a subject in its broader, natural surroundings.
For many years Fred pursued the detail and expressiveness of large format black and white photography. However, with the latest advancements in digital photography it is now possible to create expressive images with much smaller cameras and a greatly simplified “darkroom” process. He now enjoys the pursuit of digital photography and uses color as well as black and white; whichever achieves the ultimate expression of his vision.
Susan is more often drawn to the fleeting glimpses of ever changing light as seen in her “Tin Building at Sunrise” and “Boathouse”. Her images capture the subject in its natural surroundings, waiting to be discovered, isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday activity. She is presently pursuing the art of still-life photography, most particularly images of food and food preparation.
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