September 2015 Lab Gallery – Patricia Kolberg

Describe your motivation in three words: 

Beauty. Curiosity. Challenge.

Artist Statement: 

When I need to recharge my battery, slow down my world, disconnect and relax, I take out my camera and go find something in nature that inspires me.  Even if I only go into my own back yard, it is the best way I know to turn any day into an artistic adventure.  Yes traveling far and wide is wonderful, but the same sense of awe can be found right under your own feet,  if you just take the time to look.

I create my art in the moment, for me, trying to accurately capture what I am seeing.  As much as I resisted digital photography, having started with print and slide, I am now hooked on the immediate feedback, no longer needing to wait to get the film back from the lab.  I can change and adjust  in the moment, based on what I’m seeing on the screen.  After several years, I found I wanted to share with others, show them what they may not have seen, what they were too busy to notice.  Look closely, did you know how “hairy” the petals of that flower are?  Did you know that top of the dragon flies head looks like a helmet?  I want the viewer to spend time, explore the photo,  feel a sense of wonder at what they discover.

My lens of choice for most of my close up photography is the 100mm macro.  That being said, I use my 100-300 zoom if I can’t get to the subject, and even my point and shoot if that’s what I have in hand. This sample of photos was taken with all the equipment mentioned above.   Having the drive to create is not determined by the equipment, but by your own personal vision, use what you have in hand, don’t ever skip taking a photo because you think you don’t have the right camera or lens.  It’s the vision in your head and heart, if you don’t get it the first time, go out again, and again, if needed

What inspired this photographic series?

I think most people are too busy to really see what is right in front of them.  These photos are to encourage everyone to slow down, and marvel at the beauty a simple flower or creature has to share if we just take the time to look.

Who/what is your biggest photographic influence?

I have been inspired by Art Wolfe, who believes, if you just do something          you love, you will live a happier healthier life.  I love photography and can lose hours of time, that seem like mere minutes, in the creative process.  I have had people say my work reminds them of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and I take that as the ultimate compliment as I find her work to be a huge inspiration to me.  I think as photographers, we have to be influenced by many art forms, not just other photographers.

Favorite piece of photographic equipment?

100mm macro lens. Throw a diopter on it and it’s even better.

What is your preferred photographic subject matter?

This question is hard to answer, as I let what’s in front of my inspire me.  One day it may be the sweet faces of my cats, another, the mountain vista reflected in the calm waters of the lake, and the next, a field of flowers.

Mostly it’s the plants and flowers if I really want to get lost in time, just me and my camera.

What’s your favorite color?

Kelly Green

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

I’ve been hunting humming birds and dragon flies all summer.

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


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