Sue Anne Hodges: Pursuing a Photographic Sense of Place
Following a professional photography career spanning more than 25 years, Sue Anne Hodges joins THEIA Studios as a highly esteemed instructor, specializing in digital imaging technologies, specifically Photoshop and Lightroom, since the early 1990s. Although somewhat reluctant at first, Hodges recalls: “Learning Photoshop brought back the art student in me and I saw it for its creative potential.”
Hodges first pursued art while in high school and was particularly interested in graphic design. She enrolled as an art student in college but soon discovered that she enjoyed taking pictures more than she did painting – “a sign that photography was really the direction I wanted to go.” She followed that direction to photography school, where she focused on advertising, with interests encompassing design, still life, lighting, and technical studio work.
In 1991, Hodges was approached by the Vice President of Lechmere about shooting with digital. This required that Hodges travel to Camden, Maine in order to take workshops on the burgeoning technology. Following her considerable career in commercial photography at Lechmere Corporation’s advertising studio, Hodges opened her own studio, catering to the advertising needs of major New England based companies like Lechmere, while expanding her clientele to include corporate giants like Bradlees and Staples.
What began as a professional pursuit quickly became a personal passion as Hodges spent more and more time shooting for herself back in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, places she now considers her second home. Her work continues to be regularly featured in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce guidebooks, as well as Down East and National Parks magazines.
Hodges describes her work as “capturing scenes that are about the sense of place and they include some interiors, many village scenes, sometimes a still life and usually include "signs of life" by having something man made...a gate, a path, etc.” However, her art is not to be confused with landscapes or a study of nature, but rather, a “sense of place.”
Given the success of her personal photography pursuits, Hodges now focuses primarily on those endeavors, as well as teaching. Having reconnected with her former student, THEIA Co-Founder, Jodie Feil, Hodges comes to THEIA as an influential instructor. Twice, Hodges has been one of only twenty instructors from across the country invited to the Adobe Education Summits, where she learns about the future of both Photoshop and Lightroom, a technical resource she refers to as “a workhorse,” which makes so much of her art possible.
Students of Hodges will be both guided by a proven authority in the field of digital imaging and nurtured by an artist capable of helping them establish their own places within their personal photographic pursuits.