GARY MEADER

PHOTOGRAPHS

-ABOUT ME-

IMy PHOTOGRAPhIC CAREER STARTED WHILE IN THE US NAVY IN the far east. I COULD SEE IMAGES I WANTED TO CAPTURE BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE SKILLS TO DO SO.  AFTER RETURNING HOME, WITH CAMERA IN HAND, I SOUGHT OUT TEACHERS WHOSE WORK I ADMIRED AND STUDIED WITH SOME OF THE MASTERS OF THE ART.  I WAS INTRODUCED EARLY ON TO LARGE FORMAT BLACK AND WHITE AND WET DARKROOM WORK.. AND WHILE I PROGRESSED RAPIDLY, I CAME TO FEEL AN EMPTINESS ABOUT MY WORK.. THESE WERE VERY NICE IMAGES, BUT THE IDEA WASN'T MINE-THIS WORK MERELY COPIED THE IDEAS OF ADAMS AND WESTON, MINOR WHITE AND OTHERS BEFORE ME.  I NOW USE MY new IMAGERY TO INFORM MYSELf ABOUT MYself-my SPIRITUAL CONDITION AND THAT OF OUR WORLD., AND MY 'COMTEMPLATIVE' WORK FEELS LIKE MINE AND MINE ALONE.  MORE AUTHENTIC, AS IT WERE.  AUTHENTICITY- IN ONE'S LIFE AND IN ONE'S WORK.  I AM GRATEFUL AND CANNOT ASK FOR MORE. 

 

 

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