CountyAnne Arundel County
Artist StatementI moved to Southern Anne Arundel County shortly after 9/11. I’d lived in the city for 20 years and was tired of the sirens, the noise, and street lights and wanted to experience something completely different. Someplace peaceful. What I found in Deale was a step back in time. People rode bikes, took evening strolls, admired a sunset (or sunrise). Men still earned a living on the water. As a community they successfully fought encroaching development from the likes of estate homes and big box stores. My hope is that my photographs have captured some of the natural beauty of this Maritime community that is less than an hour from two urban centers (Baltimore and Washington, DC). And that my images exude an unmistakable “sense of place.”
A non-traditional photographer, Frances Borchardt’s work has often been referred to as being “unconventional." She’s explored weaving photographs; flatbed scanner photography; and is best known for incorporating photographs into printer’s type cases to create multiple image collage. She is currently working on an ongoing series of Maritime Abstracts.
Borchardt’s photography has been reviewed in The Washington Post, profiled on Maryland Public Television, and featured on National Public Radio’s Art Beat. In various juried shows her work has received awards from Judy A. Greenberg, director of The Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC); Sue Spaid, executive director of the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore); Katherine L. Blood, curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress (Washington, DC); and gallery owners Carla Massoni, Carla Massoni Gallery (Chestertown) and Norman Parish, Parish Gallery (Washington DC).
A native Washingtonian Borchardt worked for over twenty-five years as a photo editor in the magazine and newspaper industry before picking up her camera while traveling in China.