Joy Bush works as a fine art photographer. Her work has been exhibitedin solo and group exibits in many galleries including the Copley Society in Boston, Umbrella Arts in New York City, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury (CT), The Carraige Barn in New Canann (CT), Charter Oak Cultural Center (Hartford, CT),  the DaSilva Gallery in New Haven (CT), Westport Arts Center (CT), and Artspace (New Haven, CT). Her photographs have appeared in the Village Voice, TheNew York Times, Connecticut Review, and many other publications. She is represented in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, the Yale Medical Group Art Place in New Haven, and many private collections.


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My fine art work is varied and covers different ways that I see the world. The work can cover simple things such as the color red or more complex issues that raise questions about social class, about where we live, and how we live and function in the world. It covers the things we collect in life, such as Beanie Babies, as well as the things we build, such as roadside attractions like Holy Land U.S.A.

I am passionate about photographing animals. I do this as formal portraits in black and white inspired by Hollywood's glamorous studio portraits of the 1930s and 1940s which relied heavily on dramatic lighting and dark backgrounds. Each animal--dog, cat, and even horse--is brought into sharp focus with fur illuminated, expressions captured, and personalities revealed. In addition to this work, I also spend time photographing animals in their own environment, often in color. A collection of this work will be published in the near future.