The photographer Barbara Rowland was such a talented presence in our art community. I met her at the first Project Space, some years ago. She walked around and around Salem taking photos, was never without a camera. Because she was a wily photographer she was also good at avoiding being photographed herself…but I did get a few shots of her…here she is with Phil Krug on the mezzanine of the old Metropolitan store…site of two Project Space events.
The very first year of Project Space I was doing a time-based project, mapping the sun’s passage over the course of the month. Barbara often came by to check the progress and chat, and took my favorite photo of myself…
Barbara was talented, lively, funny, compassionate…I’ll miss her eye. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art owns a few of her photos. Barbara’s son Craig lives in Salem and has the photo archive of Barbara’s work.
After a long year struggling with lung cancer, Barbara chose to use the Oregon Death with Dignity option and left us two weeks ago, surrounded by her family. I’ll miss her and her particular point of view.