One Woman’s Journey

October 28th, 2009

When I started this journal, the first thing I did was round up as many talented, reliable people as I thought I might need to do the job right. Their bios can be found in the darkroom, and they will be blogging here as often as I can get them to. Add all the great work that’s already coming in and Camera Obscura, only in its infancy, is already taking shape.

Before we even got started, with the help of our talented photography editor Kate, we had already lined up a great collection of judges for the photography competition, all of whom I will probably pay tribute to as well at some point in the near future. And a week ago, when Jacklyn Patterson joined the judging panel, Camera Obscura added decades of experience in judging print competitions, an impeccable eye, and an intangible prestige to the competition that might not otherwise be afforded an unproven venue.

Since we are a Literary and Photography Journal, story is our mission, and Jacklyn Patterson’s story begins in Oklahoma during a time when the roles of women were still being defined by men instead of women themselves. Growing up bound by the expectation that she had no need for a “profession” in the place of a husband to provide for her, she did not own a camera until much later in life than would normally be the case for a photographer of her standing.

The journey from her first camera through her acclaimed career, including her account of the photograph not taken, is documented in her thesis “One Woman’s Journey,” written for her fellowship to the highly regarded American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious honors in photography.

Here is a link to One Woman’s Journey by Jacklyn Patterson, currently available on the ASP website.

“…a photograph is not complete until someone else looks at
it.” – Jacklyn Patterson

Jacklyn also holds the designations of Master Photographer, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She is a truly gifted photographer and a remarkable person.

-M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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