Gary Wagner’s quest to explore and photograph new landscapes of the world is always present.
His Iceland project has come from many years of photographing the landscape and having taken thousands of images of the land, sea and mountains over the past forty years. After researching Iceland’s terrain Wagner felt confident that its landscape would work well with his image style and be an exciting location for creating art.
Iceland is often referred to as a, “Photographers Paradise” and that is exactly how he found it when he arrived at this island country located just below the Arctic Circle. Arriving at the summer equinox provided almost 24 hours of daylight for capturing images of this spectacular location. On several nights he was out past midnight with the sun was still present on the horizon and he said he found the light perfect for image making.
Landscape, seascapes and the world around him is the studio he uses for his photographic work. He finds freedom, and inspiration to create his interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to his view at these locations.
Wagner works exclusively in black and white. He finds that this medium best relates the shapes, lines, and tones of the landscape and fully captures what he is viewing when he looks at a scene. He said that color imagery, is too close to reality and more of a visual record, than an artistic interpretation. He understands that the world is in color and we see in color but he finds the magic of light on the land and sea to be best conveyed in the tones of black and white.
With his work, Wagner has tried not only to pay respect to the natural order and beauty of the earth but also to show others this beauty through his vision and art.
Gary Wagner’s love of the photographic image and craft began when he became the photographer for his high school newspaper in Kokomo, Indiana. He continued his education at Indiana University, in Bloomington eventually moving to Santa Barbara, California, to attend Brooks Institute of Photography. For the past 40 years Gary has made his home in Northern California.
His photographic images have been recognized by exhibitions in many galleries and publications. Having won numerous awards, including Best of Show for two years at the Sacramento Fine Art Center, accepted into the California State Fair Fine Art Show and received awards 9 years annually in Black and White magazine. His most recent achievement was the publication of his books, “iPhone Photography for Everybody, Black and White Landscape Techniques” and “Digital Black and White Landscape Photography, Fine Art Techniques from Camera to Print” both published by Amherst Media. Gary is also the author of three self-published books: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Redwood Coast: Sea and Land and Iceland: Forces of Nature.
Gary’s professional career spans more than four decades and includes, fine art, portrait, and commercial photography. His knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm for the photographic image enabled him to successfully teach theory and technique at the college level and seminars in Europe on the English country landscape. Fluent with all film formats, from 35mm to 8x10, Gary has now embraced the digital image and the ever-changing environment of photography in the current technological age.
Gary works exclusively in black and white. This medium best relates the shapes, lines, and tones of the landscape and more fully captures what he is viewing when he looks at a scene. He finds the creation of photographic art today to offer endless possibilities for creativity and the making and sharing of visual art. As an artist, he tries to not only pay respect to the natural order and beauty of the earth but also to show his vision of the land, sea and light.