James Wheeler, Halifax, PA Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement I grew up in the seventies and eighties in the Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas, USA. By the time I was able to cut grass and sell Grit newspapers door to door to make some money, I had a 35mm camera, courtesy of the local dollar store.
The camera wasn't fancy... Later, I "won" another, a little nicer point-and-shoot model, for selling a lot of something or other... With this one, I even won a blue ribbon at the county fair for a sunset photograph. In high school, I joined the yearbook staff as one of the two official photographers, and had a great time doing it.
For years, my hobby has lain idle, with photos here and there, but no serious "fun" stuff. Then, along came digital..... Inspired by the people and climate and country that is central Pennsylvania, I have once again picked up my camera and every day I learn a little more about the art.
In 2006, I discovered various online art communities, where friendship, feedback, and inspirations abound. With these influences, my work has improved and I look forward to opening a window into my world, for you to see through - to share with you some small slice of the world that I see through my eyes.
I view the photographic works of others with mixed feelings. Sometimes people's interpretations of the world around them blow me away - they are extremely awesome. In the beginning, this daunted me, because I thought - how can I ever do THAT? But over time, I've come to realize that my way is not everyone's way.
I love the world around me, and taking photos of that world. As much as is possible, I tend to stop there. The photos I publish tend to be 'natural' - NOT photomanipulations. I like to try and find perfect shots of the my world, and rarely do I find them. Sometimes, I am my own worst critic - I may discard a hundred, two hundred shots, and post only one.
But at the end of the day, I know that the works I have uploaded represent me, my camera, and our view of the world around us. Other than very minor tweaks, the work here will remain as unmodified as is practical.
At the same time, I regret that I cannot share the rest of this world with you. True, video is good, with it, you get the rush of motion, the sounds... But even then... even then you miss out on the damp, chill morning air pressing on the skin, the musky scent of the farmland, freshly plowed, the sounds in the distance of a calf mooing, a dog barking... miles away, a train whistle blowing.
My small window does not do these things justice, but for the time being, it is what I can share with you. I hope you enjoy.