Elemental: photographs by Joseph Bishop

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  • Elemental

Photography by Joseph Bishop
Reception: Thu, May 15, 6–8pm

I consider myself a geek with a camera. When I look at many artist statements, the artist is often trying to say something deep or profound with their art. Much of the time they are written in the third person, which is fine if someone else wrote it, but I think it sounds as bad as when you talk that way. For me though, art is play. I ask myself, “What if I did this?”

I could probably use Photoshop to make up the pictures, but to me that is photoart not photography. I bought my first camera because I was interested in taking pictures. Maybe some day I will do a photoart project, but I prefer photography. I prefer to take the pictures and do as little work with the computer as possible.

Am I trying to say something? Maybe. But I’m not going to tell you what it is. That’s the thing about art, you have to figure out for yourself what it means. At best, you will find something here that speaks to you. At worst, I hope that you at least find some of them nice to look at.

This set of photographs is titled Elemental. It is the result of playing with the elements: air, water, fire and earth. How did I get here? One of the first pictures I took, several years ago, was similar to the tiger lillies in the vase. I have shot that kind of picture numerous times since (with varying degrees of success). That was my starting point. From there I took a few other flower shots and then started to play with other ideas that weren’t flowers but that used my four chosen elements. I’m an engineer, so I realize that none of these are elements on the periodic table, but I’ve chosen to take some liberties with the definition. Trust me, I’m an artist.

Location: Anderson-Foothill

Contact Information: 801-594-8611