When Stephanie Foster attended New England School of Photography, she was told to never stop taking photographs. She didn’t. For 14 years, as a creative director in Boston, she did both the photography and copywriting for her clients. Later she turned her talents to fashion photography, working at a Newbury Street studio. She also appeared on WBZ as a gift consultant and tipster. When she moved to the Cape, her interest shifted to nature photography, landscapes and portraiture as well as writing.
Stephanie has been a columnist and photojournalist for 20 years. She received awards for her photography from Grand Circle Travel and Parade Magazine, and has garnered numerous regional and national awards for humor and serious column writing, lifestyle features, health reporting, environmental coverage and color photography.
In 2010, her solo show The Dune Shack Experience at the Cape Cod Museum of Art drew crowds from throughout New England. Foster lived alone in a dune shack without electricity, running water or an indoor toilet in late autumn. “Each time I left this primitive sanctuary, I was reluctant to return to the outside world,” she says. “It’s amazing how satisfying a simple life can be. Without all the distractions, there is time to think and absorb the beauty and the truths of the natural world.”
The Dune Shack Experience traveled to Highfield Hall in Falmouth, the National Seashore Gallery, Brooks Academy Museum and a variety of libraries. Her work has been highly reviewed in magazines and newspapers throughout the region and is in the permanent collection at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Stephanie is the author of Snacks for the Brain, a book of humorous essays and a photography book on Farms of Cape Cod. Photographs from the book were in a solo exhibit, her second at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
A world traveler, she has taken photographs in Africa, Iceland, China, Thailand, Peru, Egypt, Jordan, Prague, Austria, Slovakia, Budapest, Croatia, Turkey and Malta. At home, she is a devoted gardener who grows flowers from seed in her greenhouse and sells bouquets at the Orleans Farmers’ Market. A master gardener, she writes garden and art features for the Cape Codder and lives in West Harwich.
My goal is to find the beauty in life and then share it. I’m attracted by light and color and the stories they tell. The beauty is fleeting, there for a moment, then the light shifts, the colors change and it is gone. Sometimes the image is captured by the the lens. Other times only by eye and the soul.