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    Good cooking is born out of communities where the supply of

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    food is conditioned by the seasons...Once we lose touch with

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    the spendthrift aspect of nature's provisions epitomized in the

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    raising of a crop, we are in danger of losing touch with life itself.

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    Patience Gray, Honey from a Weed

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About Spellcast Photography


Michelle T. Bernard


I am a farmer, a photographer and a writer. On any given day the order of these professions changes but my passion for the three never changes. My work is documentary in style with a fine art spin. I find myself drawn to agrarian culture both past and present but more so the past because I believe there is a lot that was lost. As Patience Gray sand in Honey from a Weed said, “once we lose touch with the spendthrift aspect of nature’s provisions epitomized in the raising of a crop, we are in danger of losing touch with life itself.” Unfortunately, in this day and age of industrialized food, we’ve all but lost touch with food and our agrarian past. Perhaps we should reconsider the wisdom of a land-based economy. In my full-time job as a photojournalist I struggle to maintain a clinical distance from my subject. I want to immerse myself in those that I meet and take a little bit of them away with me when I leave. There are so many stories to be told – so much to learn from what’s still left of the past as well as from the present. Coming into this profession late in life I’m constantly learning, growing and discovering myself through my work. We are all so much more connected than we realize and that doesn’t mean through Facebook or other social media platforms. My college education includes two Associates Degrees from Catawba Valley Community College, one in Photographic Technology and the second Fine Arts. I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to work towards a Bachelor’s Degree. I am also taking courses towards a Certificate in Documentary Studies through Duke University.


There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

- Ernst Haas -

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

- Friedrich Nietzsche -

"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life." ~ Rumi
"When you possess light within, you see it externally." ~ Annais Nin
“I do not believe this darkness will endure.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
"If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” ~ Joseph Campbell
"Photography is the story I fail to put into words." ~ Destin Sparks
"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." ~ Rudyard Kipling
"Things worth telling - take time." ~ Nicholas Denmon
"A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know." ~ Diane Arbus
"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away." ~ Eudora Welty
"Today everything exists to end in a photograph." ~ Susan Sontag
"Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future." ~ Sally Mann
"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art." ~ Ambrose Bierce
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

- Anton Chekov -



Contact Info

Please drop me an email for more information on my services.


“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

- Rumi -

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