This showing is the grand finale of a nearly four-year project during which Beth Thompson followed in the footsteps of the naturalist William Bartram along trails in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and the Carolinas. With Bartram as a guide, Thompson photographed many of the plants, animals, and places described in Bartram's influential Travels.
Her results were first made available in 52 blog posts, "Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail", which began on January 1, 2012, and are scheduled for completion in October 2015. Each blog begins with an audio reading from Bartram's Travels and includes Beth Thompson's photographs and accounts of her Bartram Trail experiences, along with a "Possible Perception" - an image from one of her photographs that has been transformed so that it becomes kaleidoscopic in nature.
Beth Thompson graduated from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2002. She holds a B.F.A. degree in both photography and digital media. Following graduation, she spent 2 years in New York City, where she gravitated towards the natural world, teaching at the Bronx River Art Center and volunteering with the community gardens of the city. On returning home to Athens, Beth has been continually working on her art and in her field.