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 his Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was 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