August 2015 Lab Gallery – Lois A Settlemeyer

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Describe your motivation in three words:

1. Life
2. Love
3. Adventure

Artist Statement:

Born and raised on a farm in Indiana where the land was flat, the neighbors distant, and the time to explore the forests and creek-side abundant. A variety of animals were pets; the garden was our winter food source; the family of faith were our brothers and sisters. A lot of maturing occurred in each transition: farm to college (1500 students), and then, from college to “big city living” (20,000).

I worked in Michigan at the Dow Chemical Company for 31 years. Studies in chemistry and mathematics formed the structured patterns of research, analysis, and technical problem solving. This world, down to the smallest atom, was defined and a part of a much larger world. Life was good.

Retirement—aaah sweet retirement! A move to God’s country, the Pacific Northwest; the mountains and streams, the forests and ocean, beauty of creation in each location. Capture it during the hikes, or while kayaking on the mountain streams; capture it strolling through gardens, or with the flowers and hummingbirds on the deck. Life is good.

Photography is a medium that allows me to capture some of the beauty in which I live. My past defines the approach; nature, flowers, birds, animals; the harvest heavy with colored fruits, vegetables and grains, nurtured through the changing seasons; the sunrise, the sunset, the clouds, rainbows, and the starry night sky. My photography seeks to show the detail of that which surrounds us and which we so often overlook whether that be a reflecting dewdrop on a flower, the wonder of an eclipse, the majesty which sets a National Park apart, or a ladybug on a dandelion parachute.
Life is good.

National and international recognition has been received in award winning photo competitions and publications.
Life is indeed good.

All photos are limited edition, signed and numbered.

What inspired this photographic series?

Seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is on the bucket list for the majority of Americans. I had photographed the lights 10 years ago using a film camera. The beauty and awe witnessed at that time made me want to see them again at the peak of the cycle.

This series was taken on St. Patrick’s Day 2015, just south of the Arctic Circle and near the Yukon River.

Who/what is your biggest photographic influence?

Seeing travel logs as a child when we seldom traveled more that 100 miles from our home in Indiana

Favorite piece of photographic equipment?

The macro lens

What is your preferred photographic subject matter?

Nature: landscapes, wildlife

What’s the last thing you took a picture of?

The new, vacant property I purchased in AZ

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Playing games on the iPad

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Living life—life living

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