Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford | Mexican Hat

Ecce Gallery is pleased to display Tim Crawford's Photography during Summer 2013

Artist’s Statement

I have been photographing flowers of the Rocky Mountain region for decades.  Originally, I carried a Lenhof 4 x 5, folding camera in order to record detail- and image-quality that was unobtainable with 35 mm equipment and film.  Until I recently embraced the newer, high image quality digital cameras, I still preferred my trusty 4 x 5 for both field and studio work.   I suppose my comfort level is now somewhat ameliorated by the successful use of my old studio film technique in the new digital age.  It occurred to me, however, after I started shooting digital images for magazine reproductions, that I could abstract flowers from their natural surroundings and photograph them in my studio. Presenting a flower removed from its natural setting changes the relationship of the flower and the viewer.  Chuck Watson, an attorney and friend, has said of my photographs,

“I’ll never see wildflowers the same again”.

Georgia O’Keeffe, the painter, has influenced my images through her intense studies of flowers.  And the landscape photographer Eliot Porter has as well.  His 1962 book, In Wildness is the Preservation of the World, really caught my attention.  Porter was also the first landscape photographer to have a one-person color show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art back in 1979.  The career of L.A. Huffman has been an inspiration for the  past several decades.

Over the past several seasons I have photographed an increasing number of flowers as well as fall foliage, fruits, and grasses found in Montana’s mountains and plains.  Some of these we embrace, and others we loathe, despite the beauty found in each.

 I have two bases of operations and utilize different equipment, depending upon my location.  I use a Nikon D-300 camera, an assortment of lenses, and an ancient Norman studio strobe system my Gallatin Valley studio, while my Roundup studio has a nearly new, more compact system in a somewhat miniaturized setup.  I bring the specimens, in water, to my studios and photograph them against a black velvet backdrop.   They are printed, by F-11, of Bozeman, on canvas.

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