PROFILE: SHERRY RAYN BARNETT, PHOTOGRAPHER


All profile photos by Debe Loxton
Sherry began taking pictures as soon as she was able to hold her first pint-size
Kodak Brownie box camera. OK, not a true "Brownie" - it was turquoise blue.
She began to focus on the things around her that caught her eye
beginning with her B&W cat, her friends and anything in her small,
but great outdoors. Growing up in a creative & musical suburban
Forest Hills (NYC) household, she simultaneously began a love affair
with music. Fortunately, she quickly moved on from an early obsession
with the accordion to a lifelong love of the guitar. She attended The High School
of Performing Arts as a classical guitar major and began photographing the music
- and the musicians around her. While still in high school she had her first magazine cover published by a national dance magazine and became the photo editor for
the Performing Arts yearbook. She alternately began photographing concerts
and then escaping the city to seek out anything that appeared to be non
urban and connected to nature. As part of the New York "underground press"
of the late 60's & early 70's that developed, she began to be photograph the
culture and the musicians that provided the soundtrack for it. Relocating to
Southern California (L.A.) in the mid 70's provided a new landscape of
musical inspiration that Sherry continues to draw on.


See Sherry's featured interview at the innovative financial website, Moneypants.com, where you can check out her views on $, inspired moments, and how she got started in photography
Sherry is still focused on photography that includes musicians, cats, and nature - as well as anything eccentric, from roadside attractions to people and pets of extraordinary personality. Her extensive music photography archive now spans 3 decades, during which she has captured 100's of live performances of artists ranging from Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to Sting and David Bowie. She continues to add to the subject list by shooting both newer and classic folk, rock, jazz and acoustic music artists.


Currently, she's inspired by the "instant gratification"
of digital photography, although she continues
to shoot on assignment in both B&W and
color in 35mm and 2 1/4" formats also.
Her work can often be seen in music
publications including

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
,
GOLDMINE
, GUITAR PLAYER,
COUNTRY MUSIC MAGAZINE
,
a
nd GUITAR WORLD ACOUSTIC.


(profile photo credit: Debe Loxton)

Her humorous photographs that are the subject of
CAT TRICKS (www.cattricks.com)
,
the greeting card company she co-founded
with singer/songwriter Lauren Wood,
are now a collection of
15 years' work - or play - depending on how you see it.

Sherry's nature photography
can most recently be seen
as part of the boxed
Christmas card
collection
published by
First Impressions

in Carmel Valley, CA.

 

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