Barbara Snyder is a self-educated photographer. Her work is deeply personal and focused on the full cycle of creation to destruction. Reflecting on her Catholic upbringing her work sometimes draws on the metaphysical in life. She has shown in numerous national exhibitions and was a recipient of the 2014 and 2017 North Carolina Regional Artists Grants. Snyder lives and works in Wilmington, North Carolina. More of her work can be found on her website at www.barbarasnyderphoto.com and on Instagram @barbara_s_n_y_d_e_r
virtus valor, fortitude, strength
virtus is a new body of work centered on the internal strength that comes from deep within oneself.
These works continue my reference to Saint Barbara, the protector against lightning and one of the 14 Holy Helpers in Catholicism. In virtus, the correlation of my long-felt fascination with lightening and my namesake is now earthbound. Recently, I found an attraction to certain roots, how they can mimic lightening in shape and form. Their duality is unmistakable.
However, while lightening in the sky holds a power for me, the woods have always given me strength for its comfort in solitude. Here, I attempt to understand the connection between the physical and metaphysical, for the energy to continue forward, yet grounded to stay strong on my journey.