About Joe Beasley and The Brady-Hughes-Beasley Archives
McMinnville, Tennessee, United States
Store opened on 01/10/2003
A photographer since 1960, I studied photojournalism at the University of Miami. While there I was influenced by Wilson Hicks, Picture Editor of Life Magazine. After serving in the Army as a photographer, I returned to McMinnville and worked as a technical photographer at AEDC. In addition,I have won numerous State and Regional awards, edited Warren County Tennessee: Pictorial History, and have had numerous photographs published on the cover of Spoon River Poetry Review. I have also been published in Photographer’s Forum: Best of Photography. I find inspiration in everyday life in a small town, pushing the frontiers of both photography and digital art. I consistently place in state, regional, and national contests.
The challenge is to bring order to the visual chaos that confronts our everyday existence. This is the difference between traditional photography and traditional painting. The painter begins with a blank canvas and adds what detail he wants for the effect, message or look he desires. The photographer has an overabundance of detail and must find some means to abstract it. The new emerging medium of digital art combines these two approaches. The look can be that of a photograph or traditional brush art. The final work can be on traditional photographic paper, watercolor paper, canvas or other mediums. I use the medium of Digital Art/Photography to explore the everyday world around me that most people walk past without looking at.