Biography - frogoutofwater photography

Biography and Curriculum Vitae

I have always loved animals, but for many years I was afraid to get involved with rescuing them because I couldn’t imagine how I would deal with the heartbreak. About six years ago, I decided that animals needed me more than I needed to be comfortable, and so I  began volunteering with rescue groups as a caregiver and photographer. As I spent more time experiencing animals as individuals through the lens of my camera, I  began to question how I could profess to love them, yet continue exploiting them for food, clothing and other materials. I committed to become vegan and use photography to advocate animal liberation. I work primarily on a non-profit basis, donating my services and at least 50% of my profits to support animal rescue.


HONOURS

People's Choice Award for The Fence 2018, United Photo Industries  

Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, 2018 (Is This My Beautiful House?)

12th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, 2018 (Winner: Wildlife Series; Honorable Mentions: Women Seen by Women Series, Portraits Series, Open Series, Culture and Daily Life Series)

Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, 2017 (The Barn: Sanctuary and Studio)


EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

Someone Not Something, Treo (New Orleans, LA), 2017, in connection with PhotoNOLA 2017

Portraits at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, The Homestead (Saugerties, NY), 2016


Group Exhibitions

Red Light, Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto, ON), 2018

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze, Connections Gallery (Toronto, ON), 2018


Juried Exhibitions


2019

22nd Juried Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, WA), juried by Lara Behnert and Conor Rish

5th Annual Group Show, Davis-Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), juried by Paula Tognarelli

Color, Southeast Center for Photography (Greenville, SC), juried by Blue Mitchell

Home, Southeast Center for Photography, juried by Mia Dalglish and Lisa Woodward

Ordinary Creatures, Lenscratch (online exhibition), juried by RJ Kern - 1st Place

Red, A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), juried by Fran Forman

Portal, A Smith Gallery, juried by Ann Jastrab

Sanctuary, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Laura Valenti

San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (online exhibition), juried by Elizabeth Avedon, David Garnick, Julie Grahame, Ann M. Jastrab, and Peter Miller - Gold Award

Women by Women, SE Center for Photography (Greenville, SC), juried by Kat Kiernan

XPosé, Canadian Association of Professional Imagemakers (Toronto, ON), juried by Bob Carnie and others (part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival)


2018

The Fence 2018, United Photo Industries  (Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Sarasota, and Santa Fe), multiple jurors

Fauna, SE Center for Photography, juried by Anne Berry

Contemporary Portrait, SE Center for Photography, juried by Steve Diament

Natural Encounters, NY Photo Curator (online exhibition), juried by Fran Forman - Honourable Mention

Unexpected, PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), juried by Zsolt Bátori - Honourable Mention

The Airport Show, Atlanta Photography Group, juried by Amy Miller

Wonder, Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), juried by Jean Dykstra

Environmental Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Elizabeth Avedon

Celebrating Women, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Joyce Tenneson

Home, SE Center for Photography (Greenvile, SC), juried by Aline Smithson

Making Strange, Praxis Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), juried by Chuck Avery

Portraits, A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), juried by Alyssa Coppelman


2017

PHOTOcentric 2017, Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY), juried by Francis M. Naumann - Director's Choice

Alleghany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Alleghany Arts Council (Cumberland, MD), juried by Shannon Thomas Perich – 2nd Place (Color)

Glass, New York Center for Photographic Arts, juried by Traer Scott – 3rd place

TPS 26: The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society (College Station, TX), juried by Allison Nordström – 3rd Place

6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Sohn Fine Art Gallery (Lenox, MA), juried by Laurie Norton Moffatt, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Jesse Kowalski – 3rd place (photography)

Animalia, A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), juried by Traer Scott – Juror’s Honorable Mention

Really Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), juried by Laura Phipps - Juror's Honorable Mention

Photo ’17, Multiple Exposures Gallery (Alexandria, VA), juried by Molly Roberts

TPS 30 – Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society (Houston, TX), juried by Malcolm Daniel

Equine, Emerge Gallery (Saugerties, NY), juried by Robert Langdon

Portals, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Aline Smithson 

Photography as Response, Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), juried by Christy Havranek

Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Hamidah Glasgow

2017 National Juried Photography Exhibition, Emerald Art Center (Springfield, OR)

3rd Annual Group Show, Davis-Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), juried by Paula Tognarelli

Strength & Beauty: The Women’s Show, SXSE Gallery (Molena, GA), juried by Molly Roberts

Aviary, Griffin Museum of Photography Lafayette City Center Annex (Boston, MA), juried by Paula Tognarelli

Animalia, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Arlette Kayafas

Singular/Signature, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Alyssa Coppelman

Portraits, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Karen Marks

Petit Deux, Emerge Gallery, juried by Robert Langdon


2016

Up Close & Personal, PhotoPlace Gallery, juried by Kathleen Clemons – Director’s Award

Photowork ’16, Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), juried by Karen Irvine – 2nd Place

Petit, Emerge Gallery, juried by Robert Langdon

2nd Annual Group Show, Davis-Orton Gallery, juried by Paula Tognarelli

Soho Photo National Competition 2016 (New York, NY), juried by Elisabeth Biondi


2015

Really Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juried by Carolyn Ramo - Honorable Mention

Animal World, Umbrella Arts Gallery (New York, NY), juried by Harvey Stein

Wandering Curves, New York Center for Photographic Art, juried by Debra Klomp Ching


2014

Portraits 2014, New York Center for Photographic Arts, juried by Ellen Denuto

Interior Lives, Professional Women Photographers Members’ Exhibition at National Arts Club (New York, NY), juried by Dr. Stanley Burns


PUBLICATIONS

Go, Goats! (True Tales of Rescue) , photos (text by Kama Einhorn), (Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt, October 2019)

Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken?, photos and text, self-published (Blurb, 2018)

Someone Not Something, photos and text, self-published in consultation with Joan Liftin (Blurb, 2016)

Love and Healing at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, photos and text, self-published (Conveyor Arts, 2016)


PRESS

Anna Bonita Evans, "Why Janet Holmes Takes Pictures of Chickens", World Photo Organisation (February 13, 2019)

Harriet Williamson. "Animal Portraits Show the Personality and Individuality of Those Rescued from Slaughter," Metro UK (August 28, 2018)

Ellyn Kail. "Soulful Photos of Animals Rescued from Slaughter or Neglect," Feature Shoot (August 27, 2018)

Christian Cotroneo. "These Photos May Change the Way You Look at Chickens," Mother Nature Network (March 23, 2018)


EDUCATION

Master class in portraiture and other studies with Neal Slavin (2014-16)

Master classes in printing and other studies with Ben Gest (2014-2017)

International Center of Photography Continuing Education Track Program (2014-15)

Momenta Documentary Photography Workshop: Project LA, on assignment for the Mutt Scouts (2014)

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