Sue Clark, Art in Public Places
Saratoga Springs Visitors Center, September 7 - September 27, 2021
Right Place, Right Time
What makes a great photograph/photographer? 1) Half luck and half talent. 2) Knowing when to take a photo at precisely the right time. 3) Having the eye of an artist. 4) Love of your craft. 5) Being in the right place at the right time. Those points make a great photographer. You cannot teach those skills.
As much as my photography is the result of being in the right place at the right time, it also has to do with my habit of wandering with camera in hand - alone, letting the world show up around me. I certainly do agree with the quote “Not all those who wander are lost.” (Credited to J. R. R. Tolkien.) When I follow my muse of the minute, all bets are off as to where I end up and how much time I spend at that location. I explore alone most of the time.
I am also truly inspired when looking at other artist’s work, especially those artists that have an expertise in portraying mood, using low light techniques, such as inserting evening colors, lamp light, and/or moonlight, and have a great compositional eye. The western painter Frank Tenney Johnson absolutely dazzles me with his innovative evening painting style. He paints magical Western nights with lean cowboys riding through a high mountain trail on horseback, stars blazing in a black sky; the cowboy bathed in moonlight. Johnson’s ability to paint the night informed his style. And then I think of movie director John Ford. He saw himself as an artist, first and foremost. Every scene he composed through his lens was well thought out. Every prop was placed perfectly to add depth to the scene. Every iconic landscape he found to use in his films added more depth to his characters. You don’t forget John Ford’s choice of where he shot his films. He had an eye for all things big and bold.
Finally - I think a great photograph is made out of a great love that drives an artist; love of beauty, light, color, texture, composition, depth of field, emotion, message, and surprise. All these elements can be seen in my photography. My intention is to have each of my photographs resonate with love of what I see in front of my lens. I create an image you won’t forget, and can’t live without! So...welcome to where my wandering has led me.
Clark's exhibition is on view September 7 - September 27 at Saratoga Springs Visitor Center at 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saratoga Arts' programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.