Ron Johnson: Once Upon A Time Out West

Hoag Gallery | March 23 - May 5, 2019

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About the exhibition:
After working for 37 years as an architectural photographer, Ron returned to what first brought him to photography. Black and white fine art images – primarily landscape and elements found in the landscape. Today, he uses a digital camera and computer much as he once used a 4x5 camera and darkroom. Each image is carefully composed and printed. Images are drawn from years of travel, a widely varied history of work, and an appreciation of all forms of music, art, and literature.

These images are not meant to convey any commentary on the social, cultural or political state of the world in which we live, nor are they about the process used to create them. They are about light and form, and seeing, not merely looking at the world around us. As artists, we are compelled to share parts of our lives through the images we create. Some of our efforts may end up lost or forgotten. A few may strike a chord in others. Perhaps we all, in one way or another, want to ask the world, ‘Do you see and hear the things I do? Am I alone?’

Johnson has taught both film and digital photography and is active in several photographic organizations. He continues to shoot throughout the west with work appearing in group and juried shows, as well as one-man shows, publications and private collections. Please feel free to contact him at rjohnson@studio3301.com.
 

Photographer’s Statement:

“As a small child I experienced much of this country from the back seat of my parent’s ’49 Ford. Bouncing from window to window (no child seats in those days), I was especially intrigued by the wide-open western landscape. Following years of studying engineering, political science and international law, and a stint in the Navy, I naturally became a photographer. A nearly 40 year career as a successful architectural photographer led me full circle back to the western landscape.”

“Out West. It is as much a state of mind as it is a real place. I’ve come to love and respect the “Out West” and the people in it. Especially that strip of geography where the vast prairie crashes into the Rocky Mountains. This is an area that has witnessed the migrations of many cultures. Some stopped, then moved on. Others stayed, having found their dream or perhaps too weary or broken to move on. All left something behind. When I look through the lens, it is the spirit of these people and places that I seek.”

“As artists, we are compelled to share parts of our lives through the images we create. Some of our efforts may end up lost or forgotten. A few may strike a chord in those who view our work. Whether they end up remembered or forgotten, these images are simply a part of my journey. I hope you find as much inspiration in them as I have.”