Judy Bingman began her professional career as a wildlife photographer in 1996 after discovering her talent and passion for the art during photography safaris and trips to as wildly diverse areas as Africa, Antarctica, the Arctic Wilderness, South America, and Europe, Northern Canada’s Churchill, Florida, Yellowstone — in winter, Arizona, and Yosemite.
With increasing enthusiastic response from friends and associates, she began using these images for greeting cards and large prints which she has sold through various outlets, including art and wine festivals.
She first discovered the beauty and the plight of the polar bears on a trip to Northern Canada several years ago. “I just returned from Northern Canada where the mother Polar Bears are leaving their dens with two-month old cubs, making their journey to Hudson Bay, and onto the ice to feed on their favorite seals. This was my 4th trip to this area and I want to go again. Leaving Churchill, I was in tears!!!,” Bingman recently described.
When asked about what it’s like to photograph polar bears and other wildlife, her verbal answers echo the feeling in her images – to give the listener or viewer the vicarious experience of being there: “Have you ever been so close to a Polar Bear that you could smell his breath? Have you ever had the opportunity to snorkel among Humpback Whales? Had a baby Humpback come up to you and look you straight in the eye? Had a Gray Wolf tug at your jacket while you were trying to capture a great photo? What do you do to help your camera gear function at minus 38 degrees? How do you, the photographer, function at minus 38 degrees? I try to capture those moments in my images!”
Although relatively new to the profession of photography, she is a familiar face in the area, especially in Los Gatos, where she taught at Los Gatos High School for 35 years, playing alto saxophone with San Jose Wind Symphony for 45 years, something she still enjoys doing, and, since the early 1970s, playing for and being involved with countless theatre productions for Los Gatos High School, Saratoga Drama Group, West Valley Light Opera and The Tabard Theatre Company for which she is this season’s resident photographer and community partner.
She is an active member of National League of American Pen Women, National Association of Photoshop Photographers, and Gallery Saratoga. In April, at the Pen Women National Convention, she will present a session on photography to members.
Comfortable and skilled at capturing special moments in nature, Bingman also brings her artist’s eye to capturing treasured, unique moments for brides to commemorate their weddings.
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