Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print


Johnette Meekins
Member Since March 2009
Artist Statement I am a self taught photographer and have been taking pictures and filming for as long as I have had the cameras to do so. In 1999, I received a BA in Art History from the College of Charleston where I studied the history of both film and photography along with other art history, social and cultural studies, and studio arts. While there, I made a zero budget film titled “Zhongcan” (Chinese Food). I wrote the script, cast friends as actors, made props, directed and filmed each scene, edited, and put the musical score (selected from tracks made by a friend specifically for the film) and effects sounds to the film (all without the aid of a computer). It received very positive reviews from professors and fellow film, theater, studio art, and art history students. It was after that that I was seriously thinking of a career in film and film school but went into teaching Social Studies instead, with Geography being my main specialization. During that time in Charleston, I used antique cameras and a lot of black and white film. I also used a camcorder to make short art films and documentaries. Then everything went digital! So currently I am trying digital cameras but still have mixed feelings about the digital revolution. It is my hope to find time to keep learning and trying new things with photography because it is one of the things I enjoy doing the most.

I tend to do a lot of landscape photography of both natural and cultural landscapes as well as architectural, wildlife, and botanical photography. I am very inspired by nature and its beauty, and I can’t help but try to capture it in a photograph. I love nature, the wilderness, and am interested in conservation. When I go out into nature and commune with it, it is easy for me to feel connected to everything around me as if we are all one living organism. It makes me feel content and whole again. I try to capture this spirit of the interconnectedness of life and to bring out the essence or spirit of things I photograph. Sometimes even inanimate objects seem to have a spirit and space of their own and a relation to or co-existence with other inanimate objects. I like to capture those too, as they are also part of a landscape, can tell a story, and sometimes create interesting compositions, juxtapositions, patterns or abstractions.

These are photos that I want to share with others and that I think make inspiring canvas or printed and framed wall hangings. It is my hope that through my photographs I can help others not only to see, but also to feel what I do when I’m taking that picture. In today’s world many of us are lacking a healthy relationship with our natural and cultural surroundings. We forget that we are part of the environment. It is my hope that my photographs will encourage people to take care of their natural and cultural environments and to get out in them more. I also hope my photographs can heal and bring a renewed feeling of interconnectedness and peace, and inspire meaningful thought, meditation, and clarity of mind...

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Product No 1963326
Subjects American West, Architecture, Historic Buildings, Landscape, Native American, Regional, World Culture
Style Landscape
Medium
Tags Johnette, Meekins, Spanish Colonial, mission, new mexico, pecos, pueblo, southwest