About Susan

Susan J. Preston photographs birds and other wildlife in the high deserts of central and northern New Mexico.  She is the self-published author and designer of the award-winning book, BOSQUE, Winter Wings –an offering of gratitude for the tens of thousands of migratory birds who winter over in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Susan’s photography and writing focuses on the gifts of paying attention to both the extraordinary beauty of Mother Earth and how experiences of wonder and beauty are so often entwined with grief and loss. As a long-time meditator with roots in eco-philosophy and permaculture-inspired spirituality, her photographic practice emerges with a deep sense of relationality with the more than human world. As human beings, we are obligated to participate in the miraculous exchange of life on this planet.

Beautiful people who continue to influence her work include the wise writings of indigenous writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, and eco-philosophers Joanna Macey, Sophie Strand, Lynne Twist, and David Abram. Artistic influences include photographers Dorthea Lange, Cristina Mittermeir and Flip Nicklin, and painter Bob Ross.

Currently, Susan is releasing her wild bird of a book, BOSQUE, into the world–a curious and anticipatory time filled with wondering where the pages will fly to. She is also considering artist residencies while contemplating her next book.

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BOOK

BOSQUE, Winter Wings. Susan J. Preston. self-published. 2023

AWARDS

2024 – Silver Nautilus Book Award (Photography & Arts) – BOSQUE

2024 – Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photography Annual (Book/Series) – BOSQUE

2024 – Silver IP Medal (Independent Publishers Book Award) – BOSQUE

2024 – Six Honorable Mentions in the 22nd Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, including two ‘Wildlife’ series drawn from Susan’s book, BOSQUE, Winter Wings. Single image honors in ‘Wildlife’, ‘Fine Art’, and ‘Abstract’ categories.

2023 – 1st Place, International Photo Awards (IPA), Nature Book (non-professional) for BOSQUE

2022 – Gold in the Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa), Nature Book (amateur) for BOSQUE

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024 “40 over 40,” Juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Online exhibition South X Southeast Photo Gallery Molena, GA

Photograph of Susan J. Preston, bird and nature photographer and author of BOSQUE, Winter Wings, a luxury coffee table book of photographs of the winter migratory birds of Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, USA