Peter Conner Photography
Fine Art Landscape, Travel and Architectural Photography
My landscape photography includes natural, city or urban, and industrial photography, which makes it such a versatile and fulfilling genre.
My travel photography expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations.
When I travel, are I am doing it to create images or to have a unique experience that I can bring home.
My architectural photography is in many ways a blend of my landscape and travel photography. It includes both exterior and interior captures.
I have been a photographer for over forty years and an Information Technology professional for longer than that. I am fortunate because in this age of digital photography there is a strong synergy between the two and I have a bridge between them.
I am a native Californian and long exposed to its scenic wonders. This energized my early appreciation of the beauty of natural landscapes and it continues to shape my work to this day. While my early photographic focus was on natural landscapes, over time my work evolved to include additional genres of urban and industrial landscapes.
I have travelled extensively over the years, and this as broadened my perspective to include travel photography as another major focus of my work. I also have developed a keen interest in wildlife, panoramic, infrared and macro photography.
As a recent transplant to Arizona and I now have a greater opportunity to explore and capture the treasures of the American Southwest. I have already expanded my portfolio to include images from this area and plan this as a major area to extend my work.
I find that the natural and man-made visual world with its multi-faceted collection of shapes, forms, textures, patterns and colors is much like a symphony with its different voices. But the parts of the symphony are constantly changing, they are fleeting and can quickly devolve, and even disappear. When I am creating a photographic image, I try to anticipate the light and composition to capture the voices of my symphony as I envision them before they change or disappear. I capture the voices with a goal of replaying them, and with each replaying express my vision, or a nuance of my vision.
So, I savor the challenge of creating a successful image; one that evokes an emotional reaction and appreciation in viewer, that seldom, if ever, becomes stale, and provides new revelations with each viewing. I embrace the artistry of capturing the image in the camera and interpreting it in the digital darkroom to creatively express my original visualization.
My photography ranges across many themes. I am constantly seeking out landscapes, natural and man-made, to reveal their beauty, their graphic energy, or their tensions with their surroundings. I enjoy the spontaneity of composition that comes, especially, with people and travel photography. I have a strong attraction for abstract forms with texture, patterns and color that create wonder and interest. I occasionally use artificial light in a composition to draw out an emotion or idea that would otherwise be lost. And I find that infrared photography is quite useful in creating very interesting and surrealistic works.
When I capture an image, I pay great attention to the fundamentals – exposure with the full range of light in the scene and the compositional elements that express my visualization. If this is lost the symphony will be discordant and ultimately fail as art. But the captured image is not the final expression of my vision. The fundamentals are there, but they then need to be interpreted. I achieve this interpretation utilizing an extensive pallet of digital tools to enhance the image in a way that elicits my original visualization.
My photography is an important part of my life’s record. It is a collection of the symphonies reflecting the places I have been, and the wonderful and beautiful sights my eyes have seen on my journeys. And at the end of the day, photography is an extraordinary medium for artistically sharing my ideas, emotions, and visions.