Summer Photo Exhibit #1

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I’m doing three exhibits this summer. The first is a repeat, with minor changes, of one of my favorite exhibits from two years ago – Georgia on My Mind – so named because the images are floral abstracts, one of  Georgia O’Keeffe’s signature subjects. Below is the Artist’s Statement for the exhibit.

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Georgia on My Mind – A Floral Art Exhibit

The Exhibit

This intent of this exhibit is to show flowers in ways rarely seen. Three Georgia O’Keeffe[1] quotes described my thoughts in selecting these photos (thus the title) –

  • Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time………
  • I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
  • I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way ……

The final quote, color and shapes, describes much of what is shown here – flowers depicted in a way that leans toward non-representational abstract forms.

The Photography

These photographs are as they were seen through the viewfinder and as they came from the camera including one double exposure. I use a digital SLR camera and every shot is made using a tripod.  These photographs have not been altered after the fact by digital manipulation. I believe that camera Craftsmanship (exposure, focus, lighting & color), together with good Composition (the tripod is key here), and Creativity (don’t make the same image as everyone else; develop a personal style) are the keys to good photography – and not digital manipulation.

There are no titles. Thoughts or feelings when viewing an image should your own – uninfluenced by a title.

The Photographer

Ed Knepley is an amateur photographer. He took up photography in 2002. His favorite subjects are found in nature. He is a retired engineer.

Ed has won numerous awards. His work has been published in books and magazines and hangs in several permanent and private collections. He is a volunteer photographer for the National Park Service where his work is on display in the Shenandoah National Park’s Byrd Center and is used extensively in park brochures, newsletters and websites.

Ed shot every day from 2004-2009 and posted a photo-a-day to his website during that time. You can view his work here.

[1] Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American artist. She is chiefly known for paintings in which she synthesizes abstraction and representation in paintings of flowers and other objects.

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