Stormy North Lake
“Hi, my name is Bob and I am a photography addict. I just cannot keep a camera out of my hands.”
Bob’s first commercial photography gig was in high school. He was lucky enough to score a DLSR camera and some nice glass because of the huge discount his brother-in-law got from the Air Force Exchange. He got lucky again when he took a photography class at a local public park and the teacher taught Ansel Adam’s Zone Method.
As a teenager, he was armed with a camera who knew how to use it. It turned out that he also had an eye for composition. Soon he was the school’s newspaper and yearbook photographer. He doubled down on his photographic equipment investment and bought an enlarger. Soon he was making money selling action photos to the athletes and their parents.
At the same time, he was discovering the Eastern Sierra. A dad of one of his neighborhood friends was a fishing fanatic and would go to June Lake every summer for two weeks. They were gracious enough to invite Bob along and he has had a decades-long love relationship with the Eastern Sierra ever since. Today, he has a place in Mammoth that acts as his staging area for taking awesome landscape images up and down the Sierra and Owens Valley.
He has been published in the Wall Street Journal and in Mammoth local magazines. He has won multiple juried competitions at various art shows. His work is displayed in the Mono Arts Council Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, CA and he is one of the best-selling contributors in the gallery.
Bob is a board member of the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council and a member of the Mono Arts Council.
William Authur Ward best states Bob’s belief in being active in the causes you believe in when he said “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” Bob supports organizations that work to protect the land he loves including the Friends of Inyo, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.
Why does Bob do what he does? Our world is fast-paced, full of stress and tension. His job as a Director in high-tech sales is full of short deadlines and tense challenges. Nature is exactly the opposite, as it is calm and soothing. If you sit quietly in nature, that calm flows through you. It is the remedy for his stressful world. His photography is a way to bottle that calm to take with him and to share with his audience.
Bob works with metal wall prints as his medium of choice to effectively have his work project the sense of calmness to the viewer. By their nature, they are simple yet vibrant and impactful. They can be big just as nature can be, but still show the little nuances that add character.
As you view Bob’s work, he hopes he can, even for just a moment, provide you calm in a stressful world that he feels when meandering through the Eastern Sierra and to see nature as something worth protecting.
He leaves you with this quote:
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwit
Photograph on Metal, 24x36
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