- “Harmony and Dissonance:” A juried photography show featuring the works of CoPA, The Coalition of Photographic Artists
- Plymouth Art Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth Wisconsin, USA
- August 11 – October 6, 2023
- Artist Reception – August 18th | 5:00pm to 7:30pm. I’ll be there. Stop by and say “hi.”
I’ve found nature to be the best source of inspiration. The great American landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, actually trained as a concert pianist and his photographic art and methods are well known to students of photography. He considered the photographic print “a performance” as a musician would perform a piece of music for an audience. The image he captured on film (now also on digital media) was the source for his performance. It was like the musician’s score. When I’m wandering in fields and forests, badlands and deserts, I’m looking for new tunes.
When I heard about the theme for this show, “Harmony and Dissonance,” I immediately thought of an image I made in the New Mexico badlands, “The Dissident.” For me, exploring badlands is like walking in an art gallery. Every turn in this eroded environment reveals a new collection, not of art but of strange shapes crafted by natural forces. When I came upon this particular carnival of stone shapes I was captivated by the grotesque, domineering, triceratops-looking white stones. If music, this would have been a blast of low brass…I hear trombones and tubas. As I started to set up my camera I noticed the small, upright stone on the left. Here was a lonely character, set off in its isolation against the crowd of noisy boulders above it. A lone flute? “Hang in there buddy” I thought. The contrasting shapes made the image.
Another Ansel quote is, “A photograph is usually looked at, seldom looked into.” I hope you get a chance to stop by the Plymouth Art Center to see “Harmony and Dissonance.” Rather than mentally tagging the images as “like” or “dislike,” perhaps take a moment to look into what the photographer saw and is attempting to say. Some images tell a story, some offer a view of a unique phenomena, some are purely musical.