ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER: Happy L.A. Hyder - Edgewater Gallery's Featured Artist, January 2018
Celebrating 48 years in photography, Happy calls her work intricately simple, explaining: "The overall simplicity of structure in my photographs first draws a viewer inward. The intricacies, the details packed into that simple structure, hold a viewer's interest."
More about the artist:
Two short January's ago, Happy L.A. Hyder began a five-week residency at Suzi Long's Watertower Gallery. Within a few months, she'd moved from San Francisco, her home of many years, to Mendocino County. Happy is a member at Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg and their Featured Artist for January, 2018.
Hyder began photographing in 1969, purchasing a camera and joining the San Francisco Photography Center where, after a two-hour class on developing film and printing pictures, was let loose in a darkroom. Basically, Happy is a self-taught photographer! She worked with b&w film for over twenty years before choosing to work exclusively in color. Her work at Edgewater Gallery reflects these years through up-to-date digital imagery, some printings on bamboo paper, and on silk.
Hyde calls her work intricately simple and further explains: "I am especially attracted to architecture as a subject and have an architectural bent even with my nature work. Mendocino, with its angles and its Headland, is a paradise to work in. Ravens have captured my heart and heightened my desire to drift on the wind."