Gary Wagner's 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.
In the exhibition, The Art of Birds, David Wong presents photographs of birds not just as beautiful animals in the avian world but as creatures naturally displaying artistic form and function whether in dynamic flight or in posed portraits. Wong shoots his birds in extremely high-frame rates of capture, looking for the minute changes in poses of the head, eyes, wings, and body position which gives the viewer the most artistic view of the bird or birds as they move through space. If Wong captures a beautiful photograph of a bird sitting on a branch, he considers that merely a nice snapshot instead of creating an impactful bird story. The way a particular bird is posed against its background or captured in its movement is as important to a successful bird photograph as are the details and colors of its wings and body. Sometimes Wong photographs his subjects with minimal detail to highlight the bird’s form, suggesting brush strokes in a portrait that a muralist might paint. Other times he considers the artistic relationship of the bird to the background and the composition even more important than the avian subject itself.
Hindsight 20|20 is the theme of the 12th annual juried show, TWELVE. During a year of unexpected upheaval and startling adjustments at every level of society, Hindsight 20|20 provides photographers with the opportunity to look back at and explore a subject of interest from any time period. All photographs have a retrospective quality both for the maker and for the viewer. As Aldous Huxley said, “The more you know, the more you see.” Viewpoint welcomes your concepts, creativity and craftsmanship in interpreting the Hindsight 20|20 theme. All photographic techniques are acceptable for this juried open call exhibit.