Lloyd Fergus, who recently passed away at the age of 99, was one of the founding members of Viewpoint. Over many years, Lloyd dedicated thousands of hours of his time as a docent at the gallery. When Viewpoint was located in the Sacramento Museum and Archives Collection Center (SAMCC), Viewpoint’s “rent” was paid by its members working on projects for SAMCC. No one paid more rent for Viewpoint than Lloyd. In recognition of his service to Viewpoint, Lloyd was later designated an Honorary Life Member by the Viewpoint Board.
Lloyd’s images typically came from his travels in the western United States and Canada. He worked in all formats from 35mm to 8” x 10”, and typically printed in black and white with selenium toner to finish each piece.
"When working in the field I have no preconceived idea of what to photograph," he said. "I do not work to make a series, or a theme-connected group. Each photograph must be able to stand by itself and be complete.”
Svalbard, Norway is a small, remote island group north of the Arctic Circle. It is one of the coldest, wildest and most pristine places remaining on the planet for life to call home. Yet today, as local ecotourism is escalating, its climate is rapidly deteriorating due to global climate change. This collection of images tells a pictorial story of love and pending loss. Svalbard is an experience in contrasting realities of simplicity, complexity, active geology, life’s challenges and primitive beauty captured within these unique photographs, that are rich with depth, information and meaning. Photography has the power to bring unknown worlds within reach of the viewer, and by doing so inspire care and protection for far away places such as this unique, frozen world, and for those places closer to home. Jim’s images and perspectives help us to explore both our world and our role within Earth’s shared surroundings.