Jodie Hulden is a California-based photographer whose contemplative photography focuses on intimate natural landscapes and still life. She has a degree in art from San Diego State University where she worked primarily in textiles, fiber and artists books. She discovered her passion for black and white photography in the 1970’s with film and darkroom work. She transitioned to digital photography in 2001. After retiring from a teaching career, she now devotes most of her time to photography. Jodie has studied with George DeWolfe, Carlan Tapp, Michael Frye, Brett Erickson and Susan Burnstine. She has won numerous awards and has exhibited her prints nationally.
I have always regarded my photography as “visual haiku” because of its poetic and contemplative quality. My experience is that when beauty crosses our path, whether grand, humble or intimate, thought disappears in that instant and a quiet stillness is present. In this way the experience of beauty is like a meditation, no matter how brief the glimpse. Making photographs is my way to pay homage to those moments when the universe offers us these small gifts of beauty, since they are able to open our awareness to our innate inner silence without thought, effort or design.