Linda Hughes – Urban Accents

Artist Bio

Linda was born in Stuart, VA and has had a passion for photography since childhood. An accomplished commercial photographer with over 15 years experience her clients include Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Washington Post, Manassas Journal Messenger, and the City of Manassas, VA. She also has a long list of distinguished personal clients shooting weddings and lifestyle portraits. Linda has recently been submitted for a grant to work on Washington, DC’s Master Builders Program. This is an effort that recognizes African American Architects that have designed buildings in Washington, DC. If approved for the grant, Linda will photograph all the buildings featured in the program, which will become a traveling exhibit.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Commercial Photography from Northern Virginia Community in Alexandria, VA and is currently pursuing graduate studies through an on-line program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She currently resides in Manassas, VA, just outside of Washington, DC where she is a freelance photographer and graphic designer.

Work Statement

With camera in hand, comes the freedom of expression – the opportunity to become intimate with light, form, and color. This series of images is taken in my town but could represent almost any small town in America. My image capture decisions are based mainly on quality of light. I am magnetically drawn to the glow of the late-day light and how it transforms even the most simple line, shape or texture into something beautiful. Photographing Urban Accents brought many thoughts to mind as I went about documenting the “small town America” aspect of where I live. A community needs structure. Structure is comforting. In an era of moral decay, violence, an unstable economy and so on, structure and stability are important. Watching people encounter these structures, whether eating at an outdoor café, boarding the train, entering and exiting a building, driving on the freeway, or just walking down a street, I gave thought to the importance of these structures and the part they play in life day to day. To live in a country where our structures are a safe place to be is a blessing. One only needs to look at the news to see buildings and towns blown up and destroyed resulting in unrest and fear on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed photographing them.

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4 Responses to “Linda Hughes – Urban Accents”

  1. Noreen Bryant says:

    Linda’s photos always amaze me. She is such a stickler for technical perfection–but this does not mean her work is cold. On the contrary, no matter what she is photographing, Linda’s work exudes respect and passion for her subject. She captures the reality and the personality of whatever (or whoever) she is photographing. I’m excited to see her work on this site and can’t wait to see more!

  2. This set of photos is true “Linda.” She has a gift for catching the fluid lines of inanimate objects, as if to give the appearance that they just stopped moving or are about to move. I sent her to shoot a Utility Department open house and her people pictures made the pages of the local newspaper, but it was her photos of water meters and everyday equipment that blew me away. Another time I used her photos of an enormous youth event — 1,000 youth and adults swarming all over a neighborhood painting fences and remulching playgrounds and using heavy equipment to build several softfill pathways. Her most intriguing photo though, was of a young child, dumping mulch out of a Tonka truck, mimicking the larger than life work amid the chaos around her. I would love to see Linda’s 12-photo perspective of any place, event, project or people!

  3. Candida says:

    What makes Linda Hughes a great photographer? Her ideas, and her ability to fall in love with the scene she is shooting, and her images always exhibit a skill of lighting, quality of print, and clarity of her ideas, in which she wants to convey. One of the most important things for good photographer today, is to shoot such a good quality image, that it couldn’t be made “better” even if photoshop tried. Linda is an amazing photographer and her work, as you can see, speaks for itself. She just recently shot my engagement session and the pictures are amazing. The whole family has commented on how original and fantastic the pictures look. Linda is extremely artistic and her photographs are ingredible. She has technically mastered her equipment and can produce top shots in every category of shooting she sets her mind to. She creates an incredible bond with her subjects to coax this kind art out of both herself and her subjects!

  4. Danielle Forshtay says:

    I regularly schedule photographers all over the United States, I’ve worked with countless professionals, technical experts, and novice/hobbyist photographers. After a while of dealing with photos of events, people, and the like -they all start to blur.. But Linda’s jumped out..What makes Linda stand out is her ‘eye’ and her very own unique style that comes out in her work. I expected to see the same shots (of a corporate event) that I always do. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised when I reviewed them. Her shots had warmth and personality, like none I had seen for such a stoic event. She accented even the surroundings for some amazing ambiance shots that really gave you an overall feel & tone of the event; even if you hadn’t been there!

    The shots were brilliant and stunning! If she can do that with a corporate event, I can’t imagine what masterpiece she can make of any special occasion!

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