Betty Edge is an Atlanta photographer who works in both color and black and white, creating intensely observed still lifes that spring from a lifelong passion for flowers. Her work is a contemporary expression of an age-old tradition in Western art, using flowers as allusion and metaphor. With the help of a macro lens, Edge avoids mere description, seeking instead the underlying architecture and revealing the mystery and the poignant transience of beauty in the details of a single stem or blossom.
Her recent body of photographically based work involves traditional 35mm color photography that is digitized and printed on aluminum. In addition, Edge is now working in digital photography. Her imagery includes both the still lifes for which she is well known and quasi-abstract landscapes, which are notable for their atmospheric effects. The visual effect of this new approach is to underscore the fragility and ephemeral nature of her subject matter, as the surfaces reflect the shifting light in the surrounding environment.
Betty Edge studied photography at the Showcase School, Atlanta, the Atlanta College of Art, and the Callanwolde Center for the Arts, Atlanta. Her exhibitions include "Emerging Visions," curated by Jerry Cullum for the Atlanta Photography Group , "The Essence of Nature," curated by Marianne Lambert for the Swan coach House Gallery , and the Atlanta Photography Group exhibition "Fay Gold Selects" .
She had her first solo exhibition at the Showcase School in the spring of 2004; this was followed by the group shows, In the Details, October-November, 2004, and Three Photographers, October-November, 2005, both at Thomas Deans Fine Art, and a group exhibition at Amanda Schedler Fine Art, Birmingham, Alabama. A solo exhibition at Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta [May-June, 2007], was followed by an exhibition at the Georgia State Botanical Gardens, Athens, in the autumn of 2007 and a joint exhibition with painter Wayne Trapp at Thomas Deans Fine Art in the spring of 2009. A solo exhibition at Thomas Deans opened in October 2010.