Artist Statement

Betty Byrd

Contact Information:
IG: @byrdseyeviewphotos
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Betty Byrd is an American award-winning novelist & wildlife photographer whose 10-year birthday gift of a camera led her into photography. Now her photos hang in several collections throughout the country. Her work captures what’s singular and soulful about the animals around her. Distressed by the accelerating pace of extinctions worldwide Betty is on a mission to honor the delicate & massive, ferocious or timid, exotic or approachable so that these animals come alive and we remember that it’s up to us to make sure they stay that way. The tight, intimate portraits of the vulnerable, threatened and endangered animals are designed to inspire and to give a voice to the voiceless. Betty’s photos also draw people into the beauty and fragility of the natural world, to be less afraid of the wild and what it represents. She believes that we cannot take away “WILDNESS.” For in that space we can sympathize with the animal & it’s requirements, it’s needs. The way she sees a scene, or the way she chooses to interpret that scene opens up many avenues of creativity so that she can explore them all. Above all, she has patience to wait for the right subject to come along…

If you talk to the animals They will talk to you And you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, You will not know them And what you do not know You will fear And what one fears One destroys.
~Chief Dan George