According to staff reports from The Tribune
LEEDS – The Leeds Arts Council is holding a fine art photography exhibition, ‘…buy hyacinths to feed your soul’ by Madelyn Bonnett, on Sunday August 7, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The gallery is free to the public. .
Bonnett explained that this exhibit is not really about hyacinths or trees or seas or birds or sunsets, although these beautiful creations and others are.
“It’s about my quest to appreciate beauty wherever I find it and how essential that quest is to my very being,” Bonnett said. “It’s about really noticing and observing the sights and scenes that we see – but often don’t see – in our beautiful natural world.”
Seeing the natural world through Christian eyes allows Bonnett to focus on the miraculous, amazing and indescribable sights, scenes and wonders that make up our universe – trying never to take them for granted, letting them touch my mind. and feed my soul.
“Capturing and sharing images of the amazing creations of the Lord, and sometimes also an exceptional human creation,
is my passion,” Bonnett said. “Photographing the beauty of a moment, a subject, a scene, and sometimes finding a way to present it in a new light is my way of honoring that beauty. And I just have to do it. As depicted if perfectly in line [below] from one of my favorite poems, capturing beauty through photography is the hyacinth that nourishes my soul.
“If you are deprived of your mortal goods, and of your meager store you have only two loaves left, sell one, and with the allowance – buy hyacinths to feed your soul.” — the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Bonnett has been a serious amateur nature and fine art photographer for over 30 years. She founded MadArtz Photo in 2004 and offers her original works as photo and canvas prints, note cards and wall calendars.
A lifelong lover of God’s natural world, Bonnett, through her photography, seeks to share the truth that He alone is the Creator of the earth and all its beauty. Her favorite subjects are flora, fauna, forests, national parks, the sky and other natural wonders, but she literally sees a picture in everything.
Rarely without a camera in hand, she photographs exclusively in natural light and often uses intentional camera movement (ICM) and other techniques to achieve photo-impressionistic and abstract effects. His genres also include figurative, landscape, still life and black and white photography.
Bonnett’s images have been placed in local, state, regional, national and international award contests, and she continually adds new exhibitions to her schedule. In her first contest in 2005, she won the grand prize in the Scenic category of the Ritz/Wolf Camera International Photo Contest. Recent awards include Best in Show-Photography at the 67th Annual Birmingham Rose Show, Juror Award at the Johnson Center for the Arts “Challenge 14” Juried Photo Contest, 3rd Place at the Comer Museum and Arts Center‘s Annual Photography Contest, and Honorable Mention in the Gadsden Museum of Art (GMA) Annual Photo Exhibition FOCUS Juried.
Since 2019, his solo exhibition “…buy hyacinths to feed your soul” has toured central Alabama with stops at Tuscaloosa’s Cultural Arts Gallery, Parnell Memorial Library Gallery in Montevallo, Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center, at the Gadsden Museum of Art and, beginning March 14, 2022, at the Shelby County Arts Center. The exhibition is a subset of 30 images from his comprehensive eclectic collection of photo series, presented as gallery-wrapped canvases and featuring many of the works created using his intentional camera movement technique.
Selections of Madelyn’s work are available at Blue Phrog Art Gallery in Montevallo, Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry and Art Gallery in Homewood, The Farm Company in Columbiana, and directly through MadArtz Photo. Additionally, his “Alabama Photo Album” calendars are sold annually at these galleries and other outlets in central Alabama.