A Provincetown-based photographer, Paradise works with digital cameras capturing the profound and intimate connections between people and environments, whether momentary or permanent. She works on long-term bodies of work that reflect an immersion in communities and people’s lives.
She is continually inspired by the work of other photographers, writers and artists as well as the world and people around her. Irrespective where she is – at home in the U.S. or abroad – she is endlessly curious about the environment around her. Her work connects her to others who travel and wander.
Paradise tends to explore the boundaries of being part of (or not part of) different communities. She frequently wanders the streets photographing on the edges, being an outsider, and yet, in some circumstances having the luxury and honor of being a part the culture.
This season, Paradise is presenting “The Swim,” a series of new prints from a project she shot 20 years ago while living abroad. “I was an American woman in London taking a photography course,” she says, “and one of my assignments was to capture a group of people — any group. I knew few people in the city, but I had a friend who knew a member of a private, gay, nude male swimming club. Every Saturday night, a group of 50 or so men met at a community pool after hours and would swim serious laps in the nude. After showering, they would meet at a local pub. Seven of the men agreed to be part of my project, and I photographed them over many Saturday nights at the pool before other club members joined in, and often joined the group later for a couple of pints to show them the results of the previous week’s photo shoot.”