The art of photography

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As a visual artist, I try to make art with my camera and make photographs that are more than still images captured, but, present a scene reminiscent of a painting, to challenge the viewer, visually.

An afternoon in August Color Photograph

An afternoon in August Color Photograph from the Kitty Todd Nature Preserve

Paintings or photographs

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The Lane In Autumn

The Lane In Autumn

Photographs need not be static captures in time, sharp and crisp, they can be more like paintings, expressing an emotion or sentiment or memory.

Careful use of light, motion, and framing in camera, can make photographs appear to be paintings.

I cannot paint with oils and canvas, I can with a camera.

Conservation

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In junior high school, I first used a camera, a Kodak Brownie 127, to snap photos of pollution and waste in my home town, Danbury, Connecticut.

Nature and the environment have been near and dear to me, after all, we depend on both and at times, mankind wages war on both.

In my hometown is the Still River. Once so polluted, it was had water that was blackish, traces of blue and purple water and slime, done in by decades of using the river as a dumping place for industrial output.

After many decades of clean up, it is now a river where people can fish once more and enjoy the river.

Much is made about conservative or this or that.

Looking up the word, conservation, I found, the act of conserving; prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss; preservation: conservation of wildlife; conservation of human rights.

And yet, while we say conservative, we don’t seem to hold true to the meaning of being conservative, when we call for more exploitation of the natural world.

Conservation is important, as we wreck the environment and then spend millions, billions and into the trillions to repair the damage we have done.

Had it not been for people, Conservationist’s acting to conserve and protect an area, we would not have this little wildflower anymore.

Lakeside Daisy wildflower

The Lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys herbacea) is the rarest of the plants currently listed as endangered in Ohio.

Sure, it’s a little wildflower, blooms once a year and clings to near barren soil, but, it serves to remind us of what the natural has, and what has been lost, and how we as the predominant species, can be better stewards of our land, water and air.

Connecting art with people

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I found this quote, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
― Edgar Degas”

And found I can relate.

I spent many years learning how to make art with a camera. Found inspiration in the works of others, but, the work was of the others, and not my own.

I practiced to make what I saw in others art, somehow my own.

Not until a recent show at the Parkwood Gallery in Toledo, Ohio, did I make art that connected with others and then became my own.

Others saw and commented that they felt connected and reminded them of a memory or place.

I’m grateful.

Happy to announce that I am offering my photographs at the wonderful Silver Lining Gallery in Waterville, Ohio.

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The Silver Lining Gallery, owned by Sherry Seiler and Lisa Exner, features the work of over 180 local artists. Located in the quaint town of Waterville, Ohio on the Maumee River, the gallery is housed in a renovated bungalow built in 1907. Every corner of the unique shop is filled with an eclectic mix of art. Jewelry, paintings, prints, functional art, fabric design, pottery and glass are all featured.
Silver Lining Gallery
122 Mechanic St.
Waterville, OH 43566

Business Hours
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
My pieces will rotate and at present I am offering, as acrhivally matted and framed silver halide prints, the following.

Trees - Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve

Trees – Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve

Five Trees

Five Trees

Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve - abstract

Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve – abstract

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