Rouillier will be exhibiting, and have for sale, matted and signed bird and nature photographs and a few framed photos, cards and paintings in Booth 59 at St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts & Crafts Festival, 401 Key Street on Dauphin Island, Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Below, Rouillier explains how she became so passionate and professional in capturing birds in every phase of their lives and daily activities.
"I have been interested in photography since 1990, when Winthrop Corey (Artistic Director, Mobile Ballet Company) allowed me to try to capture dance moments from behind the curtains," Roullier said. "This was a great challenge because you must anticipate the dance sequence in low light, with moving dancers.
"I was (also) fortunate to travel and work in Japan and Australia, and recorded my journeys with thousands of photos.
"After moving to the western shore of Mobile Bay," she continued, "I fell in love with the variety and behavior of birds, and wanted to capture them flying and fishing. Now they are my passion, and I will travel anywhere for a good bird photo.
"Most recently a great local bird photographer, Spence Harrison, took me to 'Boneyard,' an amazingly beautiful, and somewhat dangerous, cypress swamp rookery in the floodplain of the Pascagoula River.
"Photography changes the way I see things. You start to notice the details--light, shapes, color, texture, people, flowers--and then you see how much beauty is all around in ordinary and unexpected places. I can get excited about the way some special light plays on the subject and become totally lost in it.
"Also," Rouillier concluded, "today's cameras are gorgeous machines with gears, dials, shutters and lenses, and it is fun to learn more about what they can do. As a retired Computer Science instructor, this appeals to my inner gear-head."
Look for Susan Rouillier and other artists and crafters at the 13th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Festival Proceeds from this event go toward support of Wilmer Hall Children's Home and other projects. For information on the show, call Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376.