Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the work of Ivan Sohrakoff in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint during the month of August. A Woodland photographer, Sohrakoff has been photographing for 17 years but has been photographing color landscapes with a passion since late 2009.
Sohrakoff’s exhibit is called “The Lines of Landscape.” From man-made bridges to natural rock formations, the lines of landscape guide our eyes around the world. Sometimes elegant, sometimes blunt, these lines can manifest themselves as obvious vanishing points or as subtle elements that help lead a viewer through the scene. Sohrakoff finds that “often, a scene without noticeable lines can be enhanced by finding a composition that accentuates linear aspects of otherwise non-linear elements (rocks or clouds). A series of lines may divide compositions into interesting shapes, emphasizing the forms rather than the lines that created the forms.”
For this exhibit, Sohrakoff has chosen images that have apparent linear elements either in the subject or in the composition. He adds: “Although we see many lines of landscape every day, still images help us take the time (it is stopped, after all) to appreciate one of the most important single elements that make photography so intriguing: the line.”
Ivan Sohrakoff was raised in the lush, foggy woods of Humboldt County, California, where he grew up appreciating nature. When he began photographing the world in color, he realized that landscape photography allowed him to be outside during the best light of day, often in complete solitude, in some of the best places on earth. He says, “I’ve come to find a peace of mind and clarity from being out in the elements that I cannot find elsewhere. I have developed a relationship with my surroundings, compositions, and subjects.”
Sohrakoff currently use digital cameras for most of his landscape work, but he still shoots film as well. He makes use of graduated neutral density (grey) filters, often to balance bright skies with darker areas below the horizon. He uses a tripod, since most of his exposures are longer than acceptable for handholding the camera. “I manage the available light with the camera at the time of shooting, rather than relying on post-processing techniques to attain a life-like dynamic range of light.”