Tim Erskine, Columbus, OH Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement A paramedic by training and experience, I am now a faceless bureaucrat for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. My passion for animals is lifelong and I have relatively recently made it my mission to capture the essence of what makes them fascinating. I do this through freezing fleeting moments within my (usually brief) encounters with wildlife.
In pursuing this mission, I've found that I also have an eye for flowers. They, too, are a part of the richness and elegance of the "uncivilized" world all around us. And as a photographic subject, flowers are just one hell of a lot easier to work with...not once has any of them run away from me as I raised the camera to my eye.
All of my photographs are of truly wild animals. No zoos, no farms, no domestics, no fences. When they have had enough of me, they are free to leave, and they always do so at their own pace and of their own accord.
Likewise, my florals are all wild. No pots or planters, no cultivation. Just rainwater and sunshine.