National Park’s Artist in Residence talks about nature photography this weekend

Carl Johnson

~ Press release issued by Shenandoah National Park

LURAY — Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Carl Johnson will present two public programs during his residency, one on Friday, Oct. 28 and the second one on Monday, Oct. 31.

Johnson’s medium is photography. The Oct. 28 program will be in the auditorium of the visitor center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) at 2 p.m.

“From DSLR to mirrorless cameras and smartphones, pretty much everyone has a camera today. Rather than documenting our trips or hikes, how can we put our cameras to better use? I will discuss how we can use photography to form deeper connections with nature, whether it is in our backyard or our favorite national parks. These connections can be formed through exploration, discovery, and giving ourselves the time we need,” said Johnson of the program.

On Oct. 31, Johnson will present an outdoor program near the visitor center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) at 5 p.m. The artist described the program:

“We have all seen amazing photos. What they have in common is great use of light and composition. But they didn’t happen by accident. The photographer had to see the image first before it could be created. As Ansel Adams said, ‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it.’ Seeing and noticing details in the world around you is crucial to making that photograph. Join me for an excursion out into the field to learn the importance of observation and visualization in the making of good images. I will also offer helpful technical and creative tips on how to use your camera to take better pictures.”

The artist is also documenting his residency on his Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

The programs are free. Attendees will need a Shenandoah National Park entrance permit or pass.

Shenandoah National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is funded through generous donations to the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

For more information, visit the Shenandoah National Park website.

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