A Gullah ABC by Bea Nettles

This ABC is part of a continuing series of alphabets that were shot using trees forms found on my travels. These images were taken in South Carolina, Georgia and North Florida in the region known as Gullah country. I do not manipulate the plant forms, so to find the letters in the vegetation requires careful observation and becomes a challenge during my trips.

Artist Bio

The exhibition career of Bea Nettles began in 1970 when her work was shown in “Photography Into Sculpture,” at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Recognition as an experimental photographic artist followed and her work has been featured in over two hundred exhibitions throughout the world. Her photographic work has been regularly reviewed in the media; The New York TimesThe Chicago TribuneArt in America, Art Week, Saturday Review, Art News, and the photography magazines American Photographer, Popular Photography, Modern Photography.  It has been featured internationally in magazines in Italy, Portugal, Australia, England and France. Nettles is also known as a book artist. Her books appear in Handmade Books, 2010 and 500 Handmade Books, Lark Books, 2008; The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Lark Books, 2004; The Book of Alternative Processes, Delmar, 2001 and reviewed in Bonefolder, Fall 2008, Umbrella, Spring 2005 and Winter 1988, JAB12: The Journal of Artists Books, Fall 1999. Interviews appear in Ampersand, Fall 2005; on a podcast from University of Alabama, and a full hour lecture given at Duke University has been posted to YouTube. Numerous public collections and special collections libraries contain her work and she has received two National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowships and grants from the New York and Illinois State Arts Councils. Nettles has taught thousands of students since 1970.  Her classic textbook Breaking the Rules: A Photo Media Cookbook reached two generations of readers. She has delivered lectures and workshops internationally and is widely recognized for her innovations in mixed media photography and photographic books.