Rex Naden: Natural Designs

In the third of a consecutive series of exhibits featuring color photographs of nature, Viewpoint Gallery presents the work of Rex Naden in the Step Up Gallery. After thirty-five years in the semiconductor industry, he now spends full time as a photographer of the natural landscape.

He began photographing in 1967, becoming full-time in 2007. He is a protégé of well-known landscape photographer Charles Cramer and together they collaborate to teach classes at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, and in Silicon Valley.

Naden says of his obsession: “Nature is a designer. She speaks in nuances and gestures but she does not hold back or demur; her intent is compelling; no, it is overwhelming. What does she mean to convey with her magnificent architecture? Why is her work speaking to me? Why am I being instructed? Shall I presume to understand her purpose with logic?”

Rex Naden’s answer is “No.” He has resolved to put logic and questioning aside, and place himself in view of nature’s work. He then captures photographs purely on his emotions. His prints attempt to interpret nature’s language, his response to nature’s design imperative.











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