John Parkinson

Our world is exquisitely glorious! And notwithstanding the abuse by some of its tenants, the resplendent beauty of the tangible earth certainly outweighs any ugliness. Nature photography and landscape photography books are very effective means to enhance in others a greater awareness of, and a keen appreciation for, the soul-enriching beauty of the earth.

Although I admire that rare talent, I do not consider myself to be an artist. Nevertheless, the process of finding an image in nature and transferring it to canvas does require many thoughtful and subjective steps. This is what I do, but the true landscape artist is He who created it. With my camera I can record, perhaps, a "jot and a tittle" of the creative work of the greatest Artist. The satisfaction that follows from successfully documenting nature's transcendent beauty can be joyfully rewarding.

An effective approach to Utah landscape photography is for the image-maker to focus on a clear-cut vision (often the result of pre-visualization) and then implement those techniques that best express his own highest passions. Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy wrote this: "Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen."

All of our senses can be pleasantly stimulated: listening to good music or hearing a baby giggle; smelling a rose; tasting chocolate; and softly rubbing fine finished wood furniture with our fingertips all come to mind. Researchers have stated, however, that of all the stimuli that reach the human brain, more than 90 percent is visual. Therefore, an opportunity to kindle an empathetic response to one's own appreciation of the art in nature may be accomplished through landscape photography.

To learn more about John's work, please visit: artinnature.com