For Dulcey Lima, photographing nature is a pathway to communing with the universe. The final image is the product of how she visualizes and experiences all of nature and the plants, animals, flowers, landscapes, insects, artifacts and people in her daily life. She photographs nearly every day because it has become her way of focusing, meditating, and expressing joy and gratitude for her life. Her images accentuate small details, provide new insights into animal behavior, and blend painterly techniques to expose the essence of her subjects.
In March of 2021, Dulcey was chosen by the Community Engagement and Outreach Program at Saguaro National Park to teach their first zoom class and first program since December 2019. Thirty-five students from across the United States completed the class which was comprised of 2 hours of zoom lecture, 4 hours where participants applied the class lessons in natural environments on their own time and 2 hours of constructive critique of their images. Dulcey is a Volunteer in the Parks (VIP) with the National Park Service, and plans to engage more students with photography as the year progresses. In this unprecedented time of isolation, photographing outdoors is an exceptionally good way to engage safely with the natural environment. Sharing one's photographs with friends and family also promotes community and interaction.
Dulcey has exhibited her nature photography throughout the Chicago area, and her images have been chosen for the International, Juried Exhibit at Gallery 7 since 2013. In her "former" life, she worked as an Occupational Therapist and Orthotist, specializing in designing, developing and fitting custom orthoses for children and adults with orthopedic, skeletal and neurological problems. Nature photography is an extension of the manual skills, expertise and creativity she incorporated into providing the best possible orthotic care for her patients.
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