Beth Lilly, "Monster 1", 2003, gelatin silver print

Beth Lilly, “Monster 1”, 2003, gelatin silver print

Beth Lilly

Monster documents the misshapen forms of the many trees in Atlanta that grow underneath the power lines. In the battle between nature and progress, the tree will always lose, and so over the years, they have been hacked, trimmed, and cut to make way for power. The trees however, continue to grow as best as they can, creating fantastic shapes of beauty and grace. They cannot help where they were planted ‚ and so – deformed and stunted, they react as best as they can to continue to live. I have always thought of them as monsters, meaning something that has been altered or twisted by man to be something nature did not intend.

Anyone who has been through a cataclysmic experience knows how one singular event has repercussions that alter the shape of life forever. It changes you deeply and abruptly – it can shake you to the core and the affects are felt in every aspect of your life. After the initial event, my interest is the recovery – the ability of survivors to incorporate inevitable changes into their lives and move toward peace.

Born in Charlotte, NC, Beth Lilly received her undergraduate degree in film production from the University of Georgia and a MFA in photography in 1993 from Georgia State University. She has been exhibiting her work since 1985 at venues including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA; the Mobile Museum of Fine Art; Soho Photo Gallery in NYC; and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Her images have been published in Photo Review, and will be in upcoming issues of View Camera Magazine and Camera Arts. Her prints are in collections at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, and the Southern Company Georgia. In 1993, the Dekalb Co. Fine Arts Council awarded her an individual artists grant. In addition Lilly served as Senior Photo Editor and then Director of Photography for Turner Broadcasting (CNN, TNT, TBS Superstation, Atlanta Braves) from 1996 to 2002.