P. Larry Nelson

Artist Statement: 
My vision of photography, that is to say, capturing and freezing moments, encompasses an eclectic mix of color and B&W, structural (natural, man-made, and combinations of the two) and images that can inspire the viewer, draw them in and perhaps make them question what they are seeing, and then let the viewer form their own interpretations. I have no defined genre - it's whatever captivates me at the moment. I do not look at a potential scene for its possible salability, but rather, would I want this hanging on my wall where I can be mesmerized and moved by it. I also feel that every picture tells a story - either explicitly, or a story that the viewer brings to it, or just finding out the backend story, whether it be profound or just whimsical - sometimes a mix of the two. I am basically a minimalist. What that means is that all my photos are minimally tweaked. I do not use Photoshop or any of the other fancy-schmancy high-end tools and their horrendous learning curves. I use (and have for some 20 years or more) only Google's Picasa and then only to crop, straighten, add/subtract light or contrast, switch color to B&W, or tweak color temperature, add borders and copyrights, etc. No tricks, no gimmicks. So, what you see is damn close to what I saw when I took the picture. That's why I took it. I rarely, if ever, "set up" a shot. Set-up shots invariably, with a few exceptions, fail for me. Most always I just "shoot form the hip". They turn out to be the best because I wasn't "thinking" about the shot, just "feeling" it at the moment. Serendipity is the best.
Bio / Description: 

Photographs and photography have always been a passion - ever since I was a youngster in the 50's and 60's. There was just something about that magic of freezing time that intrigued and fascinated me. I had a Kodak Brownie and a Kodak Duaflex, a twin-lens reflex camera, I was constantly using. I got really into it in the mid-70's and 80's with a new film SLR with many different lenses taking mostly B&W, and some color, and doing a lot of developing/printing myself using some of the U of I's darkroom facilities. I had won some contests and was selling framed prints through a now defunct Urbana gallery.

It was always an avocation as my vocation was as a full-time IT employee at the U of I, which got busier and busier as time went on, PLUS then also helping my wife run our horse farm and, well, there just wasn't time anymore for photography. Then came retirement from the U of I in 2016 and selling our horse farm and a move back to Champaign. Now after some 30 years hiatus, I am now revisiting my photography to see how much trouble I can get into. I'm not in this to make money. I just want to share what I see.
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