My interest in photography began many years ago when I received a Baby Brownie as a First Communion gift. As an adult, I discovered that my photographer husband was more interested in available light and weird angles than in photographing our adorable children so that I was forced to take custody of our Nikkormat. I moved on to my own Nikons as I studied for a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Rutgers while using my spare time to photograph football (broken ankle and metatarsals) and basketball (Spalding stamped on forehead on national TV) but I did get a billboard on Route 1 (thanks to Tom Brown #10).
Fred Steiger, the heart and soul of Raritan Photographic Society, was my NJ mentor and the reason that my photography became a passion. I exhibited in Tucson, AZ, group and solo. Now solo was very special: black tie with our tee shirts! I learned a lot at three Arizona Highways workshops with some of our finest ever photographers, for which I will always be grateful.
If I had to choose a single subject for photography, it would be flowers. I find blossoms to be shy and brazen, bold and timid, simple and terribly complex. And, oh yes, I am now photographing my great grandsons!
Ellen Moore Reardon
222 Pennsylvania Way
North Brunswick, NJ
Born: July 14, 1934 in Atlantic City, NJ
St. Peter’s grammar and high schools, New Brunswick, NJ
BA: Elms College, Chicopee, MA 1956
MS: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1979
Ph.D.: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1982
Post-doctoral research: University of Colorado, Boulder, 1984
University of Arizona, Tucson, 1985-1987
USDA, Beltsville, MD, 1987-1989Awards
Visiting Scientist: University of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan, 1982
Visiting Scientist: University of Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1983
National Academy of Sciences Fellowship Grant, 1985
East Brunswick Public Library through Raritan Photographic SocietyD’Grazia Studio, TucsonAZ, 1986
Porter Hall, Tucson Botanic Gardens,Tucson, AZ (solo), 1987
Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, 2015
The Venetian, South Amboy, NJ, 2016