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Artist Statement

Walter Roycraft_ Self Portrait

Photography is my way of expressing beauty, using camera and lens as a way of capturing light and form that compose the landscape. Once the composition and exposure have been chosen, and the photograph has been taken, this lifeless soul awaits skillful yet tender manipulation, completing the transformation into a piece of art – a print that inspires when hung in someones home.

Along a creek, with water roaring like thunder, there is a stillness to the scene. The trees go from shadows to a warm glow, boulders reveal their texture and coats of multicolored moss glisten. My heart beats a little faster, and I can almost hear the Hallelujah chorus. This feeling is what I take back to the studio, as I coerce modern technology to recede to its place as a tool, not the subject.

Some scenes ask to be printed in Black and White, while others would be incomplete without color. The paper I choose to print on is dictated by the scene. Some papers are soft to the touch and have delicate texture, while others are smooth and have more contrast that bring out tones and colors. Even when a scene requires great technical skill to enhance the photograph, the landscape should be what is seen, not the tools or skill required to make the print.

My landscapes are anchored and timeless, almost as much as the trees, plants, water and rocks. The barns I photograph speak of a people and a way of life that is rooted in the ground.

As an artist, I find photography is more than something I simply do, it has been a part of me for a long time. When I don’t have a camera in hand, I still react to how the light is and how it affects me. I wonder how I would photograph what is before me. This is not torture; this is love.

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