"Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties."
This week the gallery know as "A Piece Of Work" (APOW)in downtown Spirit Lake will hang a show comprised of work by member artists that are also employees of the gallery. The reception for this show will be on March 11 at 5:30pm and will give the public the opportunity to see creations by staff artists and also listen to them speak about their work. I will be among those artist and will "unveil" some new work that I have been working with during the winter months that is a bit new and a "twist" on my previous style of photography.
This past winter has been a little unusual since part of the time I was in recuperation from surgery and its effects and much of the winter weather has been quite gloomy with the touches of snowfall, ice and heavy winds thrown in for good measure. Due to these factors I spent a good deal of time indoors, which had me going a little "batty", and forced me to finally really start to learn Photoshop CS5, read a fantastic book "Layers" by Matt Kloskowski, and get some technical and artistic support from my good friend Anthony Vodraska (check out X-Alt Studio in side bar to the right).
It was during this time that I also had the opportunity to revisit my image files for some needed house cleaning and that journey led me to the conclusion that there was a lot of work that had promise for the use in making composite images. The blog image is one of these composites and will be one of the examples of this new direction that will be in the staff show at APOW. While this change in my work has been enlightening and exciting, it will certainly not replace the style that most are accustom to seeing, but will be another avenue that I believe will strengthen my creative process.
In the case of this blog image I was reunited with a capture from a couple of years ago of a shot of Anderson Prairie with a looming wall cloud passing over. I had always loved this shot, with blooming wildflowers in the foreground, but it was a bit empty and really never went much farther than one exhibition print for a local prairie photography show. It was during the "house cleaning" event that I discovered a barn that I had photographed, a few years before the prairie shot, and thought that it would serve an honorable purpose of being an "anchor" in the landscape while the addition of a line of geese is the bond for "Fall Voices" which becomes a compilation of many of my Fall memories of landscapes and fading calls of migratory geese on crisp autumn days.
Thanks to all that stop by to visit my blog and happy shooting.
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Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org