Joy Barnes


Joy D. Barnes’ lifetime of devotion to photography has spanned the medium from photo journalism, advertising and documentary to nature, travel and fine landscape capture.

A Vermont native, Joy received a degree in photography from Bennington College with subsequent masters classes at both Maine Photography Workshop and Brooks Institute.

Moving to San Francisco in 1979, Joy explored a photo career in advertising.  For nearly 10 years she worked in the studio and darkroom with large format cameras and film.  In addition to perfecting her technical skills as a photographer, it was during this time that she mastered the craft of fine art printing which she has carried over into her digital darkroom today.

Along with the transition to fine digital capture, Joy has shifted her focus completely to travel, nature and conservation photography.

Not only is photography Joy’s passion in sharing the wonders of nature, she also believes that it is an opportunity to “give back”, to essentially educate people about conservation.  By contributing her time and imagery, to both federal and state programs, she hopes that the preservation of these delicate ecosystems will be ongoing.  Her current inspiration and dedication is found in the dune fields of California.

Joy’s work has been published in magazines, books, numerous online sites and brochures by Conde Naste, Nature’s Best, several travel companies, the state of California, the US government and in her recent book, “Sensual Sands, A Woman’s Passionate Journey”.

Joy’s fine art prints have been exhibited internationally in public, corporate and private arenas including the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.


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