"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." (Confucius)
A life-long St. Louisan, photography has been a part of Ann Widner's world since childhood. She purchased her first 35 mm camera when she was 12 years old, and within a few years she had won enough photo contests to buy an enlarger and set up a darkroom in her parents' basement. She studied photography at Webster University and started her first photo business as a student, continuing it for another 10 years after graduation.
Ann uses photography not only as a means of self-expression, but also as a way to practice mindfulness. Photography helps to ground her and give her a sense of hope. Her camera is a tool for healing, and working in the darkroom, and now processing photos digitally, is a way for her to feel real peace, to focus her psyche on the act of creating meaning and beauty.
Ann's exquisite sensitivity enables her to see things many people do not bother to notice. Finding beauty in the little things, and sharing these visions with others, is her mission.