Gary Wagner

"With my work, I have tried not only to pay respect to the natural order and beauty of the earth but also to show others this beauty through my vision and art."

Reaching Up - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.

"Seascapes, landscapes, and the world around me is the studio I use for my photographic work. I find freedom, and inspiration to create my interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to my view at these locations.

The Landscape is an exciting and challenging environment to work in, for it is constantly changing with the light of the day and the changing seasons. On many occasions, I have revisited my favorite locations repeatedly throughout the year and found them to be completely different in their appearance, from the sand on the beach, the depth of water in the streams, or the light striking the rocks. This environment and the many faces it reveals, bring me endless excitement, for creating my art.

I work exclusively in black and white. This medium best relates to the shapes, lines, and tones of the landscape and more fully captures what I am viewing when I look at a scene. Color imagery for me is too close to reality and more of a visual record, than an artistic interpretation. I understand that the world is in color, and we see in color, but I find the magic of light on the sea and land to best be conveyed in black and white.

My photographic images have been recognized by exhibitions in many galleries, published in Lenswork magazine, Outdoor Photographer magazine and Digital Photographer UK magazine among others. Having won numerous awards including Best of Show for two years at the Sacramento Fine Art Center, accepted into the California State Fair Fine Art Show and received awards 7 years annually in Black and White magazine.  My Most recent achievement was the publication of my book, “Digital Black and White Landscape Photography, Fine Art Techniques from Camera to Print” by Amherst Media. I am also the author of three self-published books: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sierra Mountain Wilderness and Redwood Coast: Sea and Land. "

Double Vision - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
River Rock - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Winter Stream - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Soft and Soothing - Photograph 15 x 21.75 in

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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