Bruce Wilson

Photographs: Archival Pigment Prints

Artist contact info:



Many of the photographs that I will be featuring in Newton Open Studios 2020 were taken at ponds in Boston's Arnold Arboretum and Newton, MA. A few of the ponds and landscape photographs are from Kansas and Virginia.

Why ponds? A combination of beauty, inspiration, and availability. Understandably, most of us do approach a pond the same way we approach a majestic waterfall or canyon. Rather, we might give a pond a quick glance and continue on our way. Yet ponds offer much. The surface reflects the grasses that break the surface. The sky and trees from the banks are also reflected. There might be leaves on the surface or half-submerged rocks. Reflected objects---near and far--and objects on the surface presents many opportunities for beauty and visual puzzles. My inspiration is to find them. Ponds are also widely available, found in many places. They encourage me to return to favorite spots and to explore new places.

A thoroughly fair-weather sports fan, I often cheer for the underdog, unless it's a local team playing. Maybe ponds are nature's underdog, widely available and widely ignored. While I find them peaceful, they also pique my interest Where is the beauty here? Is there any puzzle? I hope I've found at least some of them. Go, Ponds!


The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Boston, MA, Solo show, Urban Ponds as a Means to Enjoy, Engage, and Discover Nature, July–October 2020

Newton Art Association
Newton, MA, Member exhibit, Honorable Mention for submitted photograph, December 2019

New England School of Photography
Waltham, MA, Juried exhibit, The Audacity of Hope, juror: Paula Tognarelli, December 2019

Cambridge Art Association
Cambridge, MA, Open Photo Exhibit, juror: Karen Haas, October 2019

Newton Free Library
Newton MA, Solo show, Fog and Flow: Photos from fog installations in Boston, August 2019

Newton Art Association
Newton, MA, New member exhibit, Honorable Mention for submitted photograph, July 2019

Arts Wayland
Wayland, MA, Juried exhibit (three artists), June 2019

Focus on Brook Farm IV
West Roxbury, MA, Juried annual exhibit sponsored by the Brook Farm, 2019

Newton Free Library
Newton MA, Newton Camera Club Winter Show, 2019

Newton Open Studios Winter Juried Show 2019
Juried exhibition, Newton, MA 2019,

Small Stones Festival of the Arts
Juried exhibition, Grafton, MA 2018,

        Click on thumbnail images to enlarge