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The Sun & The Moon (Solar Eclipse 2017)
The Sun & The Moon

While visiting Jackson, Wyoming recently with my friend David Thompson, as per Ted Forbes’ vlog, The Art of Photography, we had to make sure to visit David Brookover’s gallery.

Warning: Be prepared to be blown away by the work in David’s gallery.
The quality of his work is unsurpassed. From the detail he gets out of the 8×10 negatives, to the ethereal effects he achieves by using alternative printing processes on hand-made papers, the results will leave you in awe.

Here’s a link to Ted’s Artist Series video on David Brookover, and be sure to check out his impressive photographs!

David’s charming gallerist, Erica was a sweetheart and took this picture of my friend, David Thompson, David Brookover and me at the gallery:

David Thompson, David Brookover, and myself at the Brookover Gallery in Jackson Wyoming
David Thompson, David Brookover, and myself at the Brookover Gallery in Jackson Wyoming

A week later, I was photographing the eclipse from the lower saddle (11,700) between the Middle Teton and the Grand Teton, while our friends Brian Leffler and Chris Dal Santo climbed the Grand Teton. My good friend, the avid nature photographer, Mary Kroptavich had loaned me her big 150-600mm lens for the purpose of shooting the eclipse. (Thanks Mary!)

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse as seen from 11,700 feet above sea level, in the saddle between the Middle Teton and the Grand Teton
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Chris Cosby and I made it to the summit of the Grand Teton the next day, but a wrong turn on the descent left us groping our way down the Wall St. gully until about half past midnight, when we decided to hunker down in the boulders, out of the wind, in a teeth chattering bivouac, until it became light enough for us to safely make our way back to our camp in the lower saddle. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure!

15 frames from the 2017 total solar eclipse (The original file is 1.66 gig)
15 frames from the 2017 total solar eclipse

For more details, please see:
What I Did On My Summer Vacation

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About

As a visual artist, it’s important to dedicate time to fostering the growth of creativity and explore new ways to represent the visual world.  It is my desire to continue to improve the quality and presentation of my prints as well as to exhibit in local, regional and international photography exhibitions and to participate in online photography forums.

This collection of work is a reflection of our connection with the natural world, with each other, and with ourselves. Through this website, you can explore a growing collection of eclectic galleries as well as links to inspiring artists, photographers and communities.

Contact

location:  Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pennsylvania,
USA, North America, The World and beyond…

e-mail:  paul@paulbracey.com

phone:  570-855-4705

Artist’s Statement

Photography is an interesting and engaging passion. It is my hope and intention to continuously improve the quality of my images. This progress is not linear, nor can it be measured on only one plane. There are many different approaches toward improvement and many aspects to be considered in image making.

Hopefully people looking at this work will see things as they haven’t seen them before. Part of my goal has to be to show things in a new light, or as the case may be, in a revealing darkness. Part of it has to be to strike a certain, indistinct chord that reverberates with a familiarity beyond that which is seen. Sometimes the goal is to pull ideas from the subconscious. That process often includes building upon improvisational techniques, especially with more abstract or representational work, and ultimately provides the viewer with the opportunity to enjoy discovering his or her own meaning behind the image, with a wink toward’s Derrida’s “freeplay of the signifier.” Yet another part of the goal has to be to try to reconcile the difference between opposing elements, sharpness and blur, color and monochrome, line and form, simplicity and complexity, truth and fiction, cognition and emotion.

Sometimes older work can provide perspective with which to approach the newer work. Many of the older pieces have a generosity beyond that with which they were made. They give perspective and help the newer work along the way. Even images that are less well received have a voice. They are dynamic and like a dance, they change with the music. For this reason, it’s difficult and perhaps unnecessary to completely set old work aside, so it is in the interest of giving some perspective to the newer work that I include a link to some of my old, perhaps outdated work, in the form of my old website that can now be viewed by using the following link:  archive.paulbracey.com

Creative vision can be a gift that both anchors us and liberates us. When blessed with the determination and good luck to exhibit work, it is often refreshing to learn that it speaks to others too. This is a cause for great pride. It is like someone heaping praise on your child. After all, the work is not you, but something that became itself through you. Like good deeds and children, it is often tempting to describe them in great detail, pointing out each feature and form worthy of praise, but in the end, it is usually best to let them speak for themselves. And as with raising children, family and friends prove ever so helpful with their wit, insight, honesty, encouragement and support. I think in any statement like this, it is important to offer to them a sincere,

“Thank you.”

Portfolios

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Wyoming ’17

Black & White Photography Album ©

Black & White Parks

Black, Black, Black & White

Black & White Nature

Park Landscape Photography Album ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Horse Point

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Monument Valley

Colorado National Monument

Natural Bridge

Waterfalls

Orchidaceae