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Hidden in Plain View


Shea Stanfield
Arts Columnist

“We can all take pictures but not everyone can capture the simple beauty that’s hidden in plain view….” ~ Author Sanjo Jendayi

Local photographer Judith Monteferrante invites us to a wonderland of light’s mystery and magic. Her ghostly infrared images hint of the past that is our future, light dancing along the glinting edges of darkness dares us to imagine, and the provocative human lines of our once selves give way to our reality today. Each image beacons us deeper into its shadows to find the light.

Growing up in metropolitan New York City and suburbs, Judith’s father was the original “Mad Man” as art director of Y&R advertising firm on Madison Avenue. He was wildly creative and had a unique quality for presenting clients with provocative and unexpected ideas for reaching their markets. Judith recalls a childhood very close to the local popular television series. Both her parents were very artsy, their home painted with black ceiling and walls, richly textured rugs complementing vivid jewel tone sofas in the living room. Trips to Greenwich Village and the local museums were as familiar to Judith as the local grocery store. Without a doubt, Judith credits her father with teaching her to “see the light.”

Judith’s advanced education and experience foretold her “life in the light” today. She holds a Masters in Nursing and a MD degree from Mt Sinai in NYC and fellowship training in Cardiology from NY Medical College in Westchester, NY. She worked as a specialist in imaging the heart with nuclear and echo technology, which provided her with a baseline of technical skills. Judith, while working full time, enrolled in weekend workshops in NYC on digital film scanning, raw processing, and lighting with studio strobes and flash to push her skill set forward. Soon, she found herself attending weeklong photography workshops, many of which included travel, where she could practice her skills. Judith retired from her Cardiology practice in 2008 and was accepted into a Masters program in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, graduating with honors in 2009.

Today, Judith maintains a large photography studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she produces portrait and commercial work. During the summers, her focus shifts to floral, still-life, and macro-photography, as well as seascapes and harbor scenes. In Arizona, during the winters, Judith turns her trained eye and attention to western themes such as desert landscapes, wildlife, and horses. She loves looking for the small details in a scene of chaos. Judith recounts her style as, “I start with a cluttered scene and work to simplify it.” Her husband, Roger Salisbury, a retired burn surgeon, has been a tireless supporter of Judith’s work throughout her life. He presented her with a digital camera in the early days, and later a medium format 4x5 film camera. Roger, a well-known painter in his own right, is a reliable partner in the journey of visual imagery.

Judith Monteferrante is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and the Terravita Art League.  Currently, her photography is on exhibit at the Desert Pavilion in Terravita until May 15, 2017. Judith presents talks on photography and leads workshops in Terravita. The public’s next opportunities to attend will be in the winter of 2017, when her focus will be “Light illuminates and Shadows define.”

Judith has numerous awards and honors to her credit for her vast variety of photographic images. Her work is collected by a number of private and corporate collections across the United States. She is honored to be a “Copley Artist” in the oldest art society in the US and a Moab Master with Legion Paper.  Judith invites you to visit her web site, There, you may view her collections, read her informative blog posts, purchase a work, or contact Judith for a commission or any questions you may have in reference to her work. You too, may find that “simple beauty that’s hidden in plain sight.”

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