Photography as Visual Meditation

From all four seasons, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay recently acquired four Zen-like photographs by Suzanne Rose. The images are from Rose’s photography exhibition, sketches: photographic observations, which debuted at the museum in June 2012. The artist states, “This collection of images are a visual meditation on the natural world inspired by poetic symbolism and metaphor.”

The images seem to ‘narrow life’ to a single moment and its purest essence, not unlike the power and simplicity of Japanese haiku – which, according to the artist, is the underlining inspiration for this body of work.

Norb Blei, referring to the 17th century haiku poet Matsuo Basho, wrote in his online blog, “If Basho had carried a camera, these would be the photographs of his journey.”

After renovation of the second floor mezzanine in January, the Miller Art Museum will reopen in February 2013 and showcase recent acquisitions.

Rose, a Door County resident, is the first female photographer to have had a solo exhibition at the Miller Art Museum. The entire portfolio of sketches can be seen at