DescriptionThe brick work, signs, and metal shutters on the Pearson's Soda Works is colorful and eye catching. This structure houses a mine entrance, coffee shop and entertainment venue. Built during the Gold Rush in Placerville, California it has survived and remains vibrant.
Stephen Curtin Member Since August 2009 Artist Statement Tired of not seeing, I placed a camera in front of my eye and started viewing the world around me. I now see subtle shifts in light, the depth of shadows, and nuances of color.
My photos hang on my office, home and friends walls. They speak the words I can not find to describe the beauty I have rediscovered in the world around me.
My friend Tom wrote, "Steve has come so far in a short time. His photography constantly surprises with its charm and insight. He instantly recognizes the art in scenes that the rest of us walk past blindly. I know, I have walked in some of the places he has and, dang, I missed this and I missed that. We should follow his lead -- slow down and really look at things. The good photos will follow."
The camera slows me down. I don't rush past much anymore. I don't look but not see.
I want you to see through my eyes what captures my attention. It often is a common sight, the one we see everyday but fail to notice.
I work with my images to reconstruct what I saw. My effort in post-processing to maximize the camera's ability to capture that moment, sight, or action.
Through my photographs I hope you will see the wonder in what is easily overlooked.