Gallery 1001 welcomes photographer John Laurance as a member artist. Relatively new to Winfield and Kansas, he arrived a year and a half ago from Anchorage, Alaska where he lived for 35 years. His grown children and grandchildren are still scattered along the west coast from California to Alaska.
Though interested in photography for much of his life, he became serious about photographs as art about five years ago when he acquired a quality digital camera. Inspired by the photographs of Galen Rowell’s world-wide travels, Laurance has never lacked for intriguing subject matter.
“Nature is a great creator of art. All we have to do is look,” he said.
He is fascinated with the images others have displayed. “By studying the work of others, I have learned perspective,” he explained. “Art in all kinds of media impacts me.”
“Art is a strength of Winfield. Whether we acknowledge it or not, art surrounds us. From the design of buildings we live and work in, to statues and murals in public places, or the pictures we hang on our walls, art is everywhere.”
Though Kansas offers photographic subjects quite different from Alaska, the agreeable temperatures make it easier for him to get out. “I find subjects that just aren’t available in Alaska. I have developed a different way of viewing things here. There just aren’t any mountains around. But that has offered an opportunity to broaden my skills and branch out to find shots I think are worthwhile.”
The images of John Laurance enrich the offerings at Gallery 1001. Stop by and have a look.