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.