Billy Newman

About Me

It all started in an eighth grade creative writing class. I was working on a research paper about the Chattahoochee river and decided to include some photographs. Armed with a Kodak Instamatic camera and embarrassingly chaperoned by my mother, I drifted down the river in a rented inflatable raft. That day, I snapped through a roll of film as the water pulled me along. When I got the prints back, I was awestruck. My hands held the same images that I had seen days earlier. Sorting through the small square photographs, I realized that my life had suddenly changed.

I went on to Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria VA. There, I studied, played sports, and took pictures, but mostly took pictures – for the yearbook, the newsletter…for whomever. At UNC/Chapel Hill, my plan was to major in physics until I showed a D in that subject. Shooting and working in the Daily Tar Heel darkroom consumed my life. It was time to transfer. At Brooks Institute of Photography, in Santa Barbara CA, I thrived.

Fascinated with the physical and chemical processes of photography, I majored in Color Technology, but my passion for those moments alone with my camera kept burning, so I kept shooting. I moved to New York City where I opened a custom Cibachrome photo lab. During business hours I made reproduction quality prints for artists such as Andres Serrano and Sandy Skoglund. In the early morning hours or at dusk, I would explore abstract compositions in New York’s urban environs.

Eventually, I left the print-making business and moved back home to Georgia, where I turned my lens to nature. Through forests, meadows, and colorful undergrowth, I found mysterious images that our mundane daily visions overlook.

I have taught at The Showcase School and The Portfolio Center, both in Atlanta. Now, I work full-time as an independent fine art photographer. For the past several years, I have been exploring the intricacies of ice and the unseen life in reflections and refractions. In short, find the images only the camera sees.

About my Work

I explore, capture, and adjust (sometimes heavily), but I do not distort. Any distortion or abstractions you see were all created by the subject matter and by the properties of light. I found these images in areas around my home in Georgia, in the mountains of North Carolina, or along the Southern coast. Where I shoot is not as important as my state of mind. With a mind at peace, I fall in love with what I see, and I can photograph anywhere.