I studied drawing, watercolor and eventually settled on printmaking until I became pregnant and was evicted from the acid bath closet.  A full time career in law and small children left little time for art until I picked up my first camera to take pictures of my young rhythmic gymnast daughter.  Within a year I bought a medium format camera, set up a makeshift darkroom and was accepted into my first juried show.  My subjects were close at hand: family, dogs, home until that young child became a more accomplished gymnast and began to travel to international competitions.  Her very first trip abroad placed me on the shores of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia. Travel quickly became a source of inspiration.

Feet  ©Suzanne Metzel

Feet ©Suzanne Metzel

Until recently my work has been primarily with film although I have enjoyed exploring experimental techniques like lith which produces results reminiscent of my printmaking work.  I have now embraced the digital world, in part, because it allows me to resume my first love, printmaking. Through the magic of UV light and photopolymer plates I have been able to use photographic images to produce photopolymer gravure images on an etching press.  In my most recent body of work, Against the Background, I have taken advantage of digital tools to create images from my own imagination.  I have since quit my law practice and my children are now young adults which has given me enormous freedom to pursue my love of making pictures.  I am a founding member and former board member of the Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL.

I will be eternally grateful to my daughter who unwittingly took me on this marvelous journey.

Exhibitions and Awards

12th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers–Winner & Honorable Mention-Nature Category (Julia Fullerton-Batten, Andrea Star-Reese and Laura Pannack, jurors) (2018)

Travel, Places and Faces juried exhibition, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT (Krista Rossow, juror) (2018)

11th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers–Honorable Mention-Fine Art Category (Analy Werbin, Curator of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, juror) (2017)

Alternative Processes-Handmade, juried exhibition, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT (Dan Burkholder, juror) (2017)

Animalia, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Arlette Kayafas, juror) (2017)

Mining the Past, Perspective Gallery, Evanston IL (November 2017)

3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Municipal Heritage Museum, Malaga Spain (Fall 2014)

Fact and Fantasy, juried exhibition, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington VA (online) (May 2014)

Against the Backdrop, Perspective Gallery, Evanston IL (April 2014)

6th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers - 1st Prize Alternative Processes and Digital Manipulation (Julio Hardy and David G. Hirsch, jurors) (2013)

16th Annual National Small Works juried exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Pyramid Art Center, Silver Springs, MD,  (Philippa Hughes, juror) (August 2013)

Rhythmic Bodies, Perspective Gallery, Evanston IL (December 2012)

Beginnings: Stories and Starting Points, Filter Photo Festival juried exhibition, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL,  (Barbara DeGenevieve and Christy Karpinski, jurors) (September 2011)

Thread of Life, Perspective Gallery, Evanston IL (December 2011)

Evanston Art Center juried exhibition, Evanston, IL (2010)

Flowers Uncut, Perspective Gallery, Evanston IL (October 2010)

Morpho Gallery Annual Photography Competitions, Chicago, IL (2008, 2009) - Honorable Mention

Evanston Art Walk juried exhibition (2008) - 2nd Place

Wilmette Public Library juried exhibitions (2005, 2009) - Honorable Mention

Journeys, Wilmette Public Library (solo show) Wilmette, IL

Sandford L. Rosenberg Memorial Dance Competition (online) (2007)

Anticruelty Society juried exhibitions (2004, 2005 Ed Paschke, juror)

Blink juried exhibition Chicago, IL (2001)

ARC Gallery Regional V juried exhibition Chicago, IL (1998)