AMERISTAR GALLERY emerging ARTIST series
The Ameristar Gallery is home to the Foundry Art Centre's Emerging Artist Series.
Artists fresh on the art scene can display their work to introduce their style to the local art community.
Looking for Beauty in the Overlooked
November 18, 2016 – January 6, 2017
“Photographs of people, buildings, and objects that at first glance would be unnoticed or passed by.... but upon closer inspection, perhaps with a different perspective, are worthy of our contemplation and perhaps even our admiration.”
After my two children graduated from high school, they moved away… and so did my first wife. So for basically the first time in my life, I was living totally alone. Looking to fill the void, in 2007 I bought my first (and only) motorcycle and my first digital camera. I still have both, but photography has become dominant. My goal is to retire from my day job at my earliest opportunity and then pursue my photography full-time.
I remember, as a child, living in Houston during the Golden Age of manned space exploration, riding in the back seat of my parents car, looking out the window. As we passed old, dilapidated, and abandoned buildings and signs, I would think: How come they don’t tear them down and build something new? I wanted everything to be new, shiny, modern, and “high tech,” just like the Apollo space program that my father worked on.
Fast forward almost half a century. I have enjoyed a computer career for over three decades. It’s “high tech”. But when I am driving in my car, looking out the window, it is those old, dilapidated, and abandoned buildings and signs that I yearn to see.
In fact, I go out of my way to seek out those sights. I have hooked up with a small band of similar-minded photographers and we periodically explore various old neighborhoods – including burned-out inner city streets and industrial areas that sometimes seem as desolate and foreboding as the lunar landscape.
When my wife and I go on vacation, we sign up for walking tours, preferring to see the city on foot, intimately, rather than from the inside of a sterile tour bus. She enjoys the historical narrative of the tour, I enjoy the opportunity to shoot. But she also has a good eye, and has spotted several of my best shots. Laura and I make a great team, in more ways than one, and she is the love of my life.
I would also like to acknowledge some of the photographers who have influenced me: Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Steve McCurry, Greg Nation, and Jason Gray, among others.
Thank you for reading this and for viewing my photographs. I hope that it will help inspire you to look at the world differently and to find beauty that, otherwise, you may have overlooked.