MEREDITH — An exhibit of photographs by local photographer Jackie Bonafide will be on display at the Meredith Public Library starting Saturday, Aug. 16. The exhibit titled "Discovery," will continue through Sept. 27.
"I take photographs of nature, mostly, and sometimes of people," said Bonafide, explaining her technique. 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 just the right moment. I do not enhance my images with photo manipulation software. I want my nature photos to be completely natural.
"Through the experience of taking each picture I have discovered something, whether it is seeing the amazing bugs that live in yellow water lilies, paddling alongside a young duck learning to dive for fish, learning how to get a great shot of painted turtle on a log, or recording the changes in our New Hampshire seasons," she added.
Bonafide is pleased her work will be on exhibit at the library because, "Libraries are undergoing a great transformation. They are much more than libraries in the traditional sense. They are becoming amazing centers for lifelong learning, culture, art, and innovations in technology—very valuable and relevant resources for the communities they serve. It's exciting to be invited to be part of that."
Bonafide grew up on Long Island in New York, 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, Mass., 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 where their property line is also the Meredith town line.
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.