Tim Stone, Steamboat Springs Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement ArtScape – Tim Stone
Clean lines, contemporary themes and appreciation for light are common in Tim Stone’s work, both as an architect and fine-art photographer. As the “S” in KS|a, Tim’s career is focused on custom residential design. His camera, however, is often focused on his surroundings. Detailed petroglyphs, panoramic vistas, colorful coral beds and smiling brides decorate Tim’s photography. His images have a modern feel but are directly rooted in Ansel Adam’s work, which may explain why Tim’s black-and-white images are so compelling. “My uncle was a pupil of Ansel and John Sexton,” Tim says. “He has had a significant influence on my work. I really love the impeccable resolution you get from large-format negatives. The best lighting (in shooting architecture) is no lighting at all – that’s the truest light.” Studying traditional methods with his uncle and John Sexton taught Tim to choose his images selectively and to learn darkroom techniques. “There’s artistic aptitude and technical aptitude, and you have to have both,” he says. “It’s one thing to see an image; to execute it in an expressive print is another.” Tim’s family also plays an important role in his art. His underwater photography stems from his father’s interest in diving, and it was his wife Alethea’s work as a labor and delivery nurse that led to Tim’s images of pregnant women, newborns and new mothers. “I’ve always been interested in portraiture,” he says. For example, his photo of a row of newborns was taken at a reunion of moms who delivered babies in 2006, all employees of Yampa Valley Regional Medical Center. Tim and Alethea are avid backpackers who make annual pilgrimages to Utah’s southern desert, where Tim has photographed ruins, petroglyphs and rock art. “I like line and shadow,” Tim says. “My 4x5 (large format) career started out very scenic, but it’s moving toward more abstract. That speaks to me somehow in a way that traditional landscapes don’t.” See Tim’s work at www.TimStonePhoto.com.