I believe that Wonder, and its expression in art, reminds us that we emerge from the same root, the same seed; the rising and falling, the coming and going of a unified voice. I think to experience the Earth’s beauty and its connection to one’s-Self nurtures and unifies us all. I seek to translate those experiences into feelings and perceptions that we often grow to ignore in our regular daily lives. I try to reopen the eyes of the child within us and reinvigorate our affection and our connection to our natural world.
A truly great photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson said it like this: "...through the act of living, the discovery of ones self is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us which molds us, but can also be affected by us. A balance between these worlds must be established---the one inside us and the one outside us. As a result of this constant reciprocal process, both worlds come to form a single one..."
It is that single, unified world that I must communicate through the language of photography..
I have a long time love affair with the arts. As a child it was music, in college it was music along with black and white silver gelatin prints that I made in my bathroom. As a young adult I applied my music composition skills to “orchestrate” highly complex computer software systems.
Then along came a life-threatening event. My adorable wife, five children and six grandchildren fought the good fight by my side. So far, we’ve won. The fight re-awakened my creative spirit. I see the world once again through the eyes of a child - with awe and wonder. I seek to capture the emotion of water, sky and mountain playing their own majestic symphony, or the delicate and beautiful fronds of an ornamental grass in a way that you can really see them; maybe for the first time. I want to share those connections and those feelings. That is the genesis of and ongoing effort behind WonderWorks Fine Art Photography. -Mike Wells, Photographer
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