A Provincetown based photographic artist, 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.
Other photographers, writers and artists as well as the world and people around her, continually inspire her. She has an insatiable curiosity about people and how they relate to their environment. Irrespective where she is – being at home in places outside the US where she once lived or at home in the US or travelling through the world she is endlessly curious about where she is in the environment. She travels through the world searching for “home”. Her work anchors her in this world and connects her to others who travel and wander.
Paradise’s work tends to explore the boundaries of being part of/being not part of different communities. She photographs on the edges of different communities that she would like to be part of or will never be part of. She frequently wander 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.
Provincetown has been Paradise’s home for many years and her Provincetown Dune Shack series and Provincetown images serve as a gentle reminder of the ebb and flow of the town – of its craziness and its beauty and silence and changing nature.
An artist residency at through the Outer Cape Artist Residency Consortium at the historic Margo-Gelb dune shack solidified her focus on photographing the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District located within the Cape Cod National Seashore. This is the inspiration for her dune shack series and book that will be released in 2019. – Independent curator Ewa Nogiec observes, “Paradise’s unique vision on the shacks creates the personal nature of her images which reflect the long-term scope of the project as well as her long-time roots in the Provincetown community.”
In 2007, she started a series of works portraying “the oldest old” of the women in her own family after meeting the late Norma Holt, noted New York/Provincetown photographer. This chance encounter led to a friendship and a long-term series of photographs portraying Holt’s relationship to aging entitled “When I Was Young, I Was Considered Beautiful.” This led to Paradise bringing her camera’s unflinching yet compassionate eye into the lives of three other women and reveals the dignity and beauty manifested in lives that remain, for too many people, largely invisible.
Most images are created in three sizes and printed on archival paper.