Slide Show: Victoria Blewer's Hand-Colored Photographs
Victoria Blewer left New York City in 1986 to devote herself full time to
fine art photography in the quiet hills of Vermont. Her photographs
are shot with black and white film — many with infrared black and white
film, printed on a porous photographic paper, and then toned for color and
longevity. She hand-colors her photographs with oil paints–light layers of
paint are applied gently to the photograph until the color application is
smooth and even. This is a time-honored technique that photographers have
used for over a century. Before the invention of color film, hand-coloring
photographs was the one of the few methods of creating color photographs.
The result is an image that is dream-like, elegiac, and (sometimes) surreal.
Her technique nicely compliments her imagery of Vermont and New England.
Blewer’s photographs have been featured in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,
Readers’ Digest, Vermont Life, Vermont Magazine and Yankee Magazine.
Her work can also be seen on book covers
published by Random House, Simon & Schuster and the University Press of New
England. Her work has won numerous awards. Ms. Blewer’s work has been
displayed throughout New England and can be found in galleries throughout
Vermont and in Wellfleet, MA and at her website www.victoriablewer.com.
She lives with her husband, best selling novelist Chris Bohjalian and their
daughter in Lincoln, Vermont.