Description Snowy Tracks is a shot I took in Colorado Springs on the morning after a snowstorm. The opportunity was perfect since the temperature was in the teens; the hard freeze set many images in time just for me. I chose to produce this image in sepia tone to show that time is not absolute. This image really has a lot in it. The mountains surrounding Pikes Peak in the background display the strength and power of nature framing the struggle and ingenuity of mankind to harness that power and tame it. The power plant billowing steam displays that creative capacity to harness that very power whiles the locomotive sitting on the track depicts the limits of our imagination. The many tracks leading off into infinity demonstrates the endless opportunities to expand our minds and to create alternatives to the single path. Like this switching station, the path(s) we choose to take in this world need not be definitive as long as we recognize the opportunities when they come, though unlike this image and the day this picture was taken, life will not stand idly as we vacillate. Though choices must be made, they are not set and we will often find opportunities to change our path and explore new ways.
Todd VanCantfort, Washington, DC Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement Welcome to my galleries. By sharing my work with you here, I hope to drive your thoughts, your emotion and your passion; to open your mind to the world in which you exist and allow you for at least this moment to share a slice of time with me and with each other. I know this may sound arrogant to many and perhaps inspiring to others but, it is the reason we create art – or at least it is the reason I do.
My view of the world has been shaped, like all of you, by my education both formal and through the osmosis of life. Like sponges, we absorb the good, the bad and the indifferent around us but unlike the inanimate, we filter our world through our education, our idiosyncrasies, our emotions and our fear.
Art, and as just one medium of this form of communication – photography is a language as much as it is a window into time. But unlike painting and drawing and other forms of creative expression, photography is singularly adept at capturing the whole story as it was told at that very moment the shutter closed. Though the image projected is only two dimensional, the true art of photography is found in the widely different impressions, emotions and thoughts one image can evoke limited only by the number of souls it lures.
There is a passage in the book “At the Edge of the light” by David Travis that was penned by Frederick Nietzsche. It is the most accurate explanation of photography I have found that also best describes my muse, my passion for the art as well, my basis for critique of the expression of art. It goes like this:
“Everything happens involuntarily in the highest degree but as in a gale of a feeling of freedom, of absoluteness, of power, of divinity. The involuntariness of image and metaphor is strangest of all; one no longer has any notion of what is an image or a metaphor…It actually seems, to allude to something Zarathustra says, as if the things themselves approached and offered themselves as metaphors. Here the words and wordshrines of all being are opened up before you; here all being wishes to become word, all becoming wishes to learn from you how to speak.”
I have pursued my infatuation with the art of photography for over 30 years now. I have lived and captured the best and worst of some absolutely amazing places in many corners of the world. First armed with a handy Polaroid and instamatic cameras, I began this adventure at the ripe age of 13. Though I have honed my skills through a blend of formal and informal education, I have never stopped learning, and hope to continue this enriching experience as long as I have the physical capacity.
I hope you enjoy my view of the world, I know without a doubt I have. If you found any of my images here at all captivating, I invite you to explore many more images in a number of different styles at: LunarImage Photography or LunarImage at RedBubble
While you’re playing with your options here, if you can’t find just the right mats or frames, or you have an interest in a signed limited edition print, all things can be negotiated with me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org