Dottie's LightShow runs from September 8 – October 13, 2013

Art Wall Reception – Sunday, September 15, 12:15 p.m. at People’s Church

Artist Statement

“I strive to observe and appreciate the natural world around me.  There is beauty and mystery everywhere if we just look for it.

There are times I have caught a glimpse of something or some place which just made me do a double-take…sometimes I kick myself if I don’t have a camera in hand and the moment is lost. My task as a photographer is to minimize those lost moments.

Nature and wildlife photos can be scheduled and intentional with places and subjects pre-planned, or sometimes the scenes and subjects just pop up unexpectedly.  Some of these images are a little bit of both.  The Binder Park Zoo photos were planned with the intent of capturing the personality of the animal through portraiture as one would with a human portrait.  Most of the rest, if not all of the nature images, were spontaneous and happened right in front of me.

I invite the viewer to share in my vision.”

–John Walker

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John Walker is a retired industrial designer with BA and MFA degrees from Michigan State University.  His interest in photography began as an undergraduate student in the Industrial Design program at MSU when a class assignment was to design a pin-hole camera.  He returned to MSU later in life and held a graduate teaching position in the photography program while earning his MFA in Studio Art & Computer Graphics.  Prior to retirement he was co-owner of Walker Design and served as coordinator of the Industrial Design program at Western Michigan University.  Currently, in addition to his photography work, he is the diving coach for the Loy Norrix High School swimming teams.

John lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Gay, their two golden retrievers, and two rescue cats.

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