Within her family, Loretta Judson is primarily known as a mother, a wife, a quilter, and a resident of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Loretta used a Kodak #2 folding camera made between 1916 and 1922. It was not an easy camera to use and it would have been an antique at the time these photographs were taken. The controls were limited and the viewfinder was poor. It is likely that Loretta couldn’t be sure about the edges of the frame and could barely see what was in the center. Despite these handicaps, results could be quite good. As you can see, a majority of the pictures are deliberate and carefully composed. She selected backgrounds free of distractions, stood close or back far enough to include what’s important, emphasize a certain subject or make creative choices.
Loretta’s children appear playing, posing and riding bikes, but now have families that they photograph. There is a gravity here that balances the nostalgic appeal of this portfolio. As a photographer, I’m hoping to promote Loretta from favorite aunt, source of smiles and hugs, to undiscovered artist. These photographs were not created, as mine are, in order to impress to sell or exhibit, but to save snippets of life that we are now privileged to share. These 16 x 20 inch prints are about 53 times larger than the 2 x 3 inch prints that Loretta probably received from her local drug store. She was an amateur in the best sense of the word - one who pursues a passion without any ulterior motive, receiving no recognition or reward except her own satisfaction.
The Regional Artist Gallery is located on the third floor of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts.
It is open during all regular museum hours and is free and open to the public.
The Trout Museum of Art
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
111 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
HOURS OF OPERATION
Admission varies by Exhibit.