During B term, the Class of 1970 Café Gallery presents “Temples of Thailand,” photographs by Holden photographer Susan Sedgwick. She says that her interest in photography began “with an exotic trip and a borrowed camera.” The combination of travel and photography has taken her across the United States and around the world, including the American West, Iceland, and the Easter Islands. A trip to Thailand and Cambodia in 2013 brought her in touch with what these countries offer, especially the friendly and generous people and exotic colors. She enjoyed seeing how people live and market on the rivers and transform sidewalks into eating places in the evenings. For this exhibition, she chose photographs of some of the Wats (temples) of Thailand, both ancient and modern. She says “I enjoyed learning some of the ancient culture of the monks and seeing the people’s personal offerings to Buddha.”
Sedgwick considers photography to be an area of continual learning, visually and technically. Although she was trained in film photography, she has recently converted to digital, drawn by the ease and freedom of the digital camera, especially when traveling. Sedgwick learned photography at Worcester Center for Crafts where students were allowed the freedom of their own artistic vision in the composition of their photographs. As well as jurying numerous shows, she has been awarded prizes in juried shows and has had photographs included in several publications. She has earned the title of Copley Artist at Boston’s Copley Society.