Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
This is certainly true of Noriko’s photography, as evidenced through the breadth of her subject matter. From the lushness of nature photography to the storytelling of documentary photography, Noriko is not restricted to the boundaries of any one genre. Images of broad natural expanses contrast with those of intimate floral interiors. Classic compositions vie with quirky scenes. Cityscapes sit comfortably next to landscapes. Detached journalistic observations of people are mixed with straightforward, look ‘em-in-the-eye portraits that personally introduce you to her newfound acquaintances. But within those variations, there are commonalities: her love of travel and new sights, how she revels in color (be they riotous, intense colors or quiet, subdued hues), her search for different aspects of known objects, the joy of discovering of overlooked details, and seeking the personality of a place or person, to name a few. I hope you will enjoy watching her collection grow as much as I have.
– Kathryn Schneider
Noriko Buckles was born in Tokyo, Japan and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. Her first residence was in San Francisco, but soon moved to Oregon to be close to her extended family. She attended Gresham Union High School, in Gresham, Oregon where her love of Photography took off. She was named to the year book and to the school newspaper as the photographer in her junior and senior year. Her photographs also appeared in local newspapers often.
She holds a B.A. degree from University of Oregon. While attending U of O, she attended Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, on an exchange program for one year.
After moving to Chicago, getting married, raising two boys, she started taking photography classes at College of Du Page. Here she met many students like herself, and joined a women’s photography group now currently known as a fotoMuses. As a member of fotoMuses, she exhibits her work twice a year. She also participates in local juried photography, and mixed media shows.