Joan Mc Cracken
It is my strongest wish that an individual looking at my images is struck by; the essence of a scene, a story presented in a quality image, that includes an appropriate use of color and enticing composition. Nature is an extremely important piece of who I am, and I bring this personal vision to light in my narrative images. I want my images to speak to what it represents, an engaging moment in time, from the time the scene developed before me, to how it is best presented, connecting the viewer with an interlocking experience.
Over time photography has evolved from the early days in the dark room, where I started, to images that are greatly influenced by technology. Today individuals are struck by a couple of notable photography characteristics, a majestic natural sense that takes them back in time or an abstract impression of our world today using color and light framed in a dramatic format. I strive to preserve the natural scene, framing with barnwood when I am looking to accent a rustic farm scene or stunning landscape. Or a skillful closeup of a wildflower or plant with a macro view, that is detailed, bold and abstract. For the more urban enthusiast I like to take the old and give it just enough creative flare to appeal to a more modern flare, accentuating the scene with contrasts in black and white or color that fits a more eclectic taste.
As artists, photographers must evolve. We take the basics from the master artists and relate to John Fielder, Ansel Adams, Thomas Mangelsen and David Muench of our world, then apply it to our current influences and give it appeal to our followers. As is most art, it is personal. I strive to present a realistic, engrossing story through my images, engaging the individual who may never be able to see a scene, and create a contemplative sense of being there. I have presented my work in exhibits were there were specific requirements, I am participating in gallery’s currently and have provided work for public exhibits in commercial settings.