Jackie Bonafide photography at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill will host an exhibit of the photography of Jackie Bonafide during the month of June.

Bonafide is looking forward to the June exhibit and sharing her "Discovery" photographs. A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, June 4 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will be at the mill from June 2 through June 30. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bonafide is a photographer who specializes in nature. Growing up on Long Island, NY, she spent childhood summers on Silver Lake in Madison, where her grandparents instilled in her a great love and reverence for nature. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art (focusing on photography) at Newton College, Newton, MA, and later a M.Ed. in English Education/Teaching Writing at Plymouth State College. She has been a New Hampshire resident since 1973.

She and her husband, Phil, raised two sons, Chris and Mike, in Sanbornton. She spent many years working in public relations for nonprofit organizations as well as in development and institutional advancement. She worked as an independent consultant and later held full-time positions with Tilton School, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Community Health & Hospice (now Central New Hampshire VNA), and the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

She began taking pictures when she was old enough to hold and aim a camera. She always carries at least one camera with her everywhere she goes and is committed to "taking nature pictures naturally"—with no artificial manipulation of the image. She explores lakes and takes pictures from her kayak in summer and follows animal tracks in winter.

Her photographs are in permanent collections at: The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton; Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia,; the Taylor Community in Laconia;  Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith and Franklin Regional Hospital in Franklin.

Her original photo notecards are blank inside and packaged with an envelope in a clear cellophane sleeve. They are available at: The Belknap Mill Gift Shop in Laconia; Bonita D. Story Antiques & Estate Jewelry in Meredith; Gibson's Bookstore in Concord; the Sanbornton Public Library in Sanbornton; Lamb's Ear Yarns in Gilford; the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness; New England Porch Rockers in Laconia; and VynnArt Art Supply & Gallery in Meredith.

Her photos have been published in New Hampshire newspapers and on websites. She is the author of two photo essay books, The Earth Goes to Sleep and The Earth Wakes Up. Her photos are available in various sizes, matted & mounted; framed or unframed. Inquiries and commissions are always welcome.

The theme of her exhibit at the Belknap Mill is "Discovery," and Bonafide explains her technique, "I take photographs of nature, mostly, and sometimes of people. I choose a subject carefully, thinking about how light is illuminating it, how I will 'frame' it, planning the angle of the photograph, and shooting the photograph at the right moment. I do not enhance my images with photo manipulation software. I want my nature photos to be completely natural."