“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” Arthur Schopenhauer
Years ago I was influenced a great deal by my studies in the earth sciences, my work in the west during my summer employment with the Forest Service, and by my photography workshop experiences in iconic natural locations and by my instructors.
Fast forward 30 years or so and my hope was, once I reacquainted with photography once again, to work in the national park areas and other remote locations of wildness. Move ahead another 10 years and I find myself comfortable with capturing the nuances of the rural areas that surround me, which includes everything from broad landscapes to tractors. I’ve learned to deal with these subjects with the same enthusiasm as I had for the wild areas and go running with my camera toward the luscious light that envelopes the heartland.
More recently, in the last two years, I’ve learned to enjoy more impromptu scenes that our towns of Spirit Lake and Arnolds Park and other locations offer. In the past people seemed a distraction and that included a lot of the locations that they enjoy. At some point I began to realize that it was simply a matter of taking local color and defining it with the same artistic vocabulary that I used in any landscape of a more rural/natural nature.
The blog post is an example of some of the work I’ve begun to develop and I have to say it’s opened some new experiences in the art of capturing “the moment” that I hadn’t realized in the past. No tripod (rarely), very little equipment (my back is grateful) and more experience in quick reactive thinking. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy those more natural setting that involve long hikes, splashing through creeks or amazing vistas.
Having learned another creative approach has made it easier to explain to my local students that change in venue often requires a change in approach The easiest way to get the message across is to think of telling an accountant that he/she is going to help with farm chores. The person is lost until they come to grips with the elements of the job and the same is true with making adjustments in creative approaches…or even life, for that matter.
I’m enjoying this new turn in my life and expect many more. You should as well!
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For more views of my work visit;
"A Piece Of Work", Spirit Lake, Iowa http://www.apieceofworkinc.com
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org