Landscape and outdoor photographer Lydia Goetze spoke at our February meeting. She was educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins and she studied photography with George DeWolfe.
Originally from Maine, Lydia had a long career as a secondary-school science teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. before returning to MDI. She has taught at the Maine Media Workshop, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and also teaches for Acadia Senior College where I took her “Looking at Images” class.
She says that her approach to photography comes in part from:
- Years of teaching adolescents
- A long fascination with the biology of living things
- Wilderness expeditions in Alaska, Newfoundland, and Labrador
- Travels in the developing nations of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and China.
In addition to being a photographer and teacher, Lydia was elected last year to the SWH board of selectmen defeating a two-term incumbent. While seemingly unrelated to photography, her willingness to be a public servant shows how much she cares about our beautiful island.