John R . Stinson
The Natural Image

The difference between the natural image and the contrived might be one of serendipity. Finding the object as opposed to placing it. Being there at the right time and place to see the possibilities of form and light and to capture them These images are proof of that.

Once the natural scene is found, the artist can begin to bring together his or her vision of it through framing and composition. Once you come upon a scene, it takes a conscious effort to decide what is included and what is not. How it will be framed and where it is placed in the frame. What angle it will be taken from.

Then there is the matter of color or black and white or shades in between. I think that black and white lends itself to removing a scene from the reality of color. Reducing it to its basic elements of composition; form and light without the distraction of color. Taking it out of the realm of just a pretty picture where color alone might dominate.

You may, in looking at these images, see things beyond the actual objects of rock, water, plants, earth or sky. Its obvious (to me anyway) that they may be evocative and provocative or powerful yet serene. Depending on your experience or sensibilities, you may have a different take on what they mean to you.

In the end, I hope that you enjoy viewing these images as much as I did creating them. 

Point Lobos #11
Point Lobos #11
Point Lobos 1982 #3
Point Lobos 1982 #3
Point Fermin Seascape 1980a #2
Point Fermin Seascape 1980a #2
Point Fermin Tidepool #2a
Point Fermin Tidepool #2a
Joshua Tree 82 #10a
Joshua Tree 82 #10a
White Point Tidepool #7
White Point Tidepool #7
Point Fermin Tidepool #1-ab 10-17-82a
Point Fermin Tidepool #1-ab 10-17-82a
White Point 01-01-80 Tidepool #2a
White Point 01-01-80 Tidepool #2a
Point Fermin Tidepool #5-bbb 10-17-82
Point Fermin Tidepool #5-bbb 10-17-82
Point Fermin Tidepool #4-bb
Point Fermin Tidepool #4-bb
Joshua Tree #7 1991
Joshua Tree #7 1991
Joshua Tree #8 1991
Joshua Tree #8 1991
Huntington Gardens 1980
Huntington Gardens 1980
Escondido #2 1976
Escondido #2 1976
Death Valley 1979 8x10a
Death Valley 1979 8x10a
Bodie #1 1979
Bodie #1 1979
Bodie #2 1979 #2
Bodie #2 1979 #2
Bodie #4 1979
Bodie #4 1979
Tree Trunk in Snow Sugar Loaf 1975 #2
Tree Trunk in Snow Sugar Loaf 1975 #2
Monitor Pass #1 1979
Monitor Pass #1 1979
Averill Park Tree Roots #4
Averill Park Tree Roots #4
Lone Pine Lake 1975a
Lone Pine Lake 1975a
Cedar Breaks
Cedar Breaks
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Au_Naturale_Troix_HIS_Ad copy