The concept for Judy Yemma's project, Farm to Studio, is built on her interest in creating studio portraits of organic subjects. Flowers were first. Currently, her interest is in photographing plant-based edibles in unique and unexpected compositions. More than mere food items in the produce department or in her garden, she finds fruit and vegetables to be complex and beguiling. "When I look, I see their personalities. I see their relationships to human qualities. Fruits and vegetables have remarkable lines, color, texture, and character—offering possibilities for conveying emotional qualities (including humor) and for compositions out of the ordinary."
"So what is my inspiration? Where do these compositions come from? I’ve always been a what if person, trying to think outside the box. What if I do this? What if I put these unrelated things together? Will they relate? Some of my images are simply a result of experimentation done with the goal of making the subjects alive and relatable. Others play on the name of the subject, or on a mood or concept I associate with the subject. In others my inspirations are primarily graphic. I will continue working on this portfolio – there are still many images swirling around in my head."
Judy Yemma's interest in photography began when she was given a Girl Scout Brownie camera as a young girl. From then on, photography became a way for her to capture the moment and take it home to live and relive. This interest became more serious while she attended San Francisco State University, earning a degree in Fine Arts. Life required that she put her art on hold while she pursued a career in Commercial Real Estate, but she never stopped “seeing” with my camera. After leaving the corporate world and relocating from the Bay Area to Roseville, she investigated Sierra College’s Photography Department and was a regular student there for several years, rekindling my desire to create. "Photography is a way for me to speak artistically – to offer new views of 'ordinary' objects or places. In truth, there is nothing 'ordinary' about anything if one opens one's eyes to the world."
Judy Yemma: Rainbow Carrot Arrangement and Hoedown
Judy Yemma: Garbanzo Grove and Persimmon Choir