I grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida. I then moved to New Orleans and that is where my interest in photography blossomed. In the late 80's, I started hand-tinting black and white infrared photographs using transparent oils. That technique became my recognizable style. I worked as a photojournalist, portrait photographer, and commercial photographer before 2003, but since then, have concentrated exclusively on fine art photography. My main subjects are trees and landscapes, and my style is often described as romantic peacefulness, dreamy and ethereal.
My photographs are displayed in many commercial and private collections across the country and internationally, including numerous hospitals and other medical settings, where they have a "healing art" quality. Until a renovation, my art was displayed in all the sleeping rooms and meeting rooms of the Loews New Orleans Hotel. My works are in the collection of the Roger Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago as well as having a One Woman Show, "Swaying Softly: Trees of the South" at the Ohr-O-Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS. I was one of 4 photographers, "Photos by Four" in a 2017 exhibition at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Ormond Beach, Florida and my photo is included in a new permanent exhibit at the Daytona Beach International Airport. I have won numerous awards, including "Best of Show" in the Bethesda Row Art Festival, Bethesda, Maryland.
Please visit my website, www.harrietblum.com to see more of my photographs.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Landscapes, Trees, Peaceful
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
It's great to have a historical record of the way things were.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
It's always exciting to start hand-coloring a new piece, giving a new life to the black and white image.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Nature and the environment.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Before I even knew I was going to be a photographer, I loved Jerry Uelsmann's photography. My work is nothing like his, but maybe that somehow lit the spark that motivated me to be a photographer.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
James Booker was amazing. I was privileged to have my photograph of him chosen for one of his album covers. I could listen to him or New Orleans rhythm and blues all the time.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Catching up on projects at home or visiting with friends.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Spring and Fall are the best, Winter in Louisiana is not bad, but Summer, well, I could do without that.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I bake yummy bread.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment.
Louisiana Craft Guild, New Orleans, LA
Sans Souci Gallery, Lafayette, LA
River Oaks Square Art Center, Bolton House, Alexandria, LA
Cynthia Nichols Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA