"Art Maker: Larry Rankin Photographer" , Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 21, 2017

I'm appreciative to Steve Pfarrer, Arts and Features writer, and Sarah Crosby, photographer, for the opportunity to be one of the Pioneer Valley artists featured in the weekly "Art Maker" column in our fine local newspaper, The Daily Hampshire Gazette. I remember participating perhaps 15 years ago in a discussion at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg PA about the nature of photography and the debate of whether or not photography is "real" art.   One of the panelists argued that traditional dark room gelatin prints qualified but he doubted this new digital technology would ever be worthy. The Pioneer Valley is blessed with an incredible arts community, including many accomplished photographers,  and I'm pleased to be able to participate.  The column is timely, corresponding with my Gallery A3 exhibit, "Woodlands and Waterscapes: light,color, gesture".  Thank you!

Waterscapes: Light, Color, and Gesture

Waterscapes:  Light, Color, and Gesture is the title of my first self-published photography book, printed by Bridgeport National Bindery, in Agawam, MA and first available during my "Waterscapes" exhibit in main gallery of the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in March, 2016. My Waterscape Series reflects more than two decades of appreciating the sensory experiences at the water's edge, including Cape Cod, the Jersey shore, and the lakes, rivers, and streams of New England.

Most images were made with slow shutter speeds and intentional camera movement, intended to convey my experience of making photographs that is as much about feeling as it is about seeing. To quote Walker Evans, "Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts."

Limited copies are still available for purchase. Contact Larry.

ISBN: 978-0-692-64934-3

Why do we photograph?

Why do we photograph?

This article appeared in Ground Glass, published by the Harrisburg Camera Club in 2006

Why do we photograph? An interesting question, answered by each photographer from our interests, talents, and experiences --- perhaps from the depths of personal darkness or the pinnacles of personal joy --- possibly with hopes and prayers for a better tomorrow --- or maybe just because we have fun with the gadgets and enjoy the creative memories.

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