Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that William Nourse has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Will Nourse is an Amesbury, Massachusetts based photographer. Will creates stunning landscape photographs. Will was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #8. The placement in this competition qualified his photography to be showcased in this feature.
Will’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his photography in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Will’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Will Nourse is a landscape photographer known for his use of color and texture to bring his outdoor experiences to life.
He has been an avid photographer for almost twenty years, and his work reflects a lifetime of hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, and sailing, all of which have given him a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.
He held his first solo exhibition, entitled ‘Moods and Motion: Exploring the Icelandic Landscape’ at the Newburyport Art Association in July 2017 and he will be a featured artist in the exhibition 'Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi' at the Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA in February 2018.
He has exhibited in juried shows at the Cambridge Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA), 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and various online galleries. Recently, he exhibited in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show (2017), his image ‘Seljalandsfoss #2’ was selected as Best in Show for Photography in the NAA’s 20th Annual Regional Juried Show (2017) and his photo ‘Vestrahorn #1’ won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA’s 2016 Fall Member’s Juried Show Part II.
The opportunity to spend time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on a sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world take the time to, and are able to, experience.
While there is an ever-increasing number of photographers, there are far fewer landscape artists who express themselves through photography. As Galen Rowell wrote 'Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?”
Traveling to the wild and returning with images that capture the essence of a place and the emotion that it evokes is what I do as a visual artist. This may be a grand landscape in the mountains, a storm-wracked shore or a peaceful sunset over a lake, but in each image distilling that essence and communicating it to the viewer is my objective. I am often drawn as well to strong, graphic elements in natural images, capturing line, color or texture in natural scenes – this may be in the fractal nature of mountain shapes, newly formed ice on a puddle or contrasting light and shadow on a dune.
The dunes of the Gobi desert provided a perfect landscape to play with line, value, and texture and to experiment with different kinds of images. There are an endless variety of compositions, ranging from the abstract to the dramatic and I was lucky to spend some time there in November 2017. Although I only had a few days to explore, I was amazed by the variety of images that I could create.
Part of the challenge and reward of photography is capturing that ephemeral moment and sharing the experience with the viewer. In landscape and nature photography, that might be first light on a mountainside, the patterns of foam on water or the layering of clouds over a landscape, but the intent is the same as that of a portrait or even a travel snapshot: ‘this is what I saw and how I felt – experience it with me.’
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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely happy to announce that William Nourse has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
William was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature. Below are William's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Will purchased his first digital SLR back in 2002 (a Canon D60) and used that until about 2011, sporadically taking images that might be considered artistic, but mostly taking family photos. Several years ago, he became much more intentional about photography, learning about post-processing and focusing on composition, light and color to create images and to share them with others. He is self-taught, but is an avid reader on both the technical and artistic aspects of photography.
In terms of style, he draws a lot of the Impressionist movement and the Hudson River School, trying to capture the emotion of a scene, best expressed through emphasis on color and light, rather than photo-realism. Landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell and Art Wolfe, among others, have informed his view of photography as an art form.
He is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Newburyport Art Association, where he exhibits frequently in juried shows. His photo 'Vestrahorn #1' recently won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA's Fall Member's Juried Show Part II (2016).
He is a past exhibitor in the Light, Space & Time Online Gallery, including a 2nd Place overall in the 6th Annual Landscapes Exhibition, for his photo 'Tunnel View Sunset', 3rd Place overall in the 5th Annual All-Photography Exhibition for 'Vestrahorn #3' and 4th Place overall in the 4th Annual All-Photography Exhibition for 'Pemaquid Light #1'. A number of additional images have also been selected for Special Merit and Special Recognition awards.
Spending time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world are able to experience.
While there is an increasing number of landscape photographers, landscape artists who are photographers is a more limited population. As Galen Rowell wrote 'Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?”
As a visual artist, I capture the feeling that a scene evokes in me by using color and light to emphasize the most important elements and to communicate that feeling to the viewer. Sometimes this may be done through HDR processing or other exposure-blending techniques, in order to make up some of the difference between what the eye and brain can do in interpreting an image as compared to the capabilities of the camera. Other times, it may be by taking long exposures of stars or water to evoke the feeling of passing time.
Ultimately, the measure of success is whether the viewer feels that they can place themselves within the scene at that particular moment and feel some of the emotion that was present when it was captured.
William’s Website: www.willnourse.photography
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