Edith Royce Schade, known professionally and by her friends as “Duffy”, has had a passion for photography since her teenage years. At age nineteen she was hired as a laboratory technician for a portrait and wedding company and started her own part-time business, Photographs by Duffy. At first she specialized in photographing horses, then moved into portrait, wedding and editorial work. Along with this she was drawn to creating fine art photographs. That pursuit continues. Her latest exhibit, a two-person show was held at Photosynthesis, in Manchester, Connecticut, October 2011. Her work can be seen and purchased at David James Gallery, 270 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Works of Hand, 426 Main Street, Winter Harbor, Maine.
Schade also has a passion for nature. In her personal work she celebrates the natural world, some of the people in it, and uses her photography to promote environmental awareness and stewardship. She is a member of Connecticut Women Artists and an active volunteer with Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and Great Meadows Conservation Trust. She is also a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Master Wildlife Conservationist.
Her admiration for and feeling of connection with the writing of May Sarton that lead to friendship with the author and creation of From May Sarton’s Well is outlined in the Preface.