Chris Murray, Syracuse Member Since August 2010 Artist Statement I have been practicing landscape photography for fifteen years, although I have only recently “gone professional”. During the past decade my full time job has been as a geologist, in which I hold a Ph.D. Due to a basic need to feed and clothe myself and fund my photographic endeavors, I continue to work part time as a geological consultant. The rest of my days are devoted to my photography.
My interest in photographing landscapes is derived mainly from my love of the natural world, the same love that led me to choose geology as a profession. For me, the appeal of photography lies in the blending of the technical and the artistic. As a scientist, I am naturally drawn to the technical aspects of photography: decisions regarding filters, shutter speed, aperture, and so on. The skills I have learned as a scientist, the attention to detail and careful observation, have also helped me immensely as an artist