The Bakery Photographic Collective is an artist run space that consists of fine art and commercial photographers. The Collective functions solely on the volunteer efforts of its members and interns who share a desire to partner with the community.
Tonee Harbert, Member
Tonee Harbert is a photographer living in Portland, Maine. His frequent subjects have been Maine people and the Maine landscape. His work traverses the documentary, editorial, and fine art photography realms.
Harbert has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, and the Maine Community Foundation. His work has appeared in the following books: Elmer Walker: Hermit to Hero, Maine: A Peopled Landscape, New Music Across America, and Homeless in America. His photographs have been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, University of Miami (FL), the Institute of Contemporary art at Maine College of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2013 he won an Emmy award. His photographs have also been included in two motion pictures: Home Less Home (independent), and Message in a Bottle (Warner Brothers). Harbert received a degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University in 1986.
James Helms, Member
James is experienced in both still photography and motion picture, both fine and commercial art, both field and studio, and with wide-ranging methods such as encaustic painting and a well-developed expertise in lighting methods that have evolved parallel to his photographic practice. In this way, storytelling through multimedia has increasingly become the foundation upon which James’ work has been layered. With deep connections to the Bakery Photographic Collective and Portland Color his engagement with the local photographic community continues to cultivate.
Ruth Sylmor, Member
A photograph is an intermediary between us and the world it clarifies. My work contains visions and desires and is about the world of memory, not of the world. One of my concerns as a fine art photographer working traditionally with film and a hand-held camera, is how to develop creative germs within myself. I try to live my daily life open to new possibilities and ideas, and to reveal what is meaningful to me through the lens of the camera. It is working in the darkroom, however, where I enter a spiritual realm. During these magical hours when light shines in darkness, I make images that respond both to my inner life and exterior life.
Vivian Ewing, Intern
Andy Cavacco, Intern