Artist's Statement


"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made,
even His eternal power and Godhead..."

I believe that Natural History fine art photography occupies a unique position in the art world. Whereas, the artist working in other mediums (painting, sculpture, etc.) begins with a blank "canvas" and builds, part by part to create a finished piece, the Natural History photographer must work from the opposite spectrum. The natural world, at first glance, may appear to be a chaotic conglomeration of unrelated parts, but in reality it is filled with fascinating groupings of shapes, patterns and colors. I find great challenge in beginning with this complicated "canvas" and, in effect, removing layers one by one until arriving at a finished piece that may be interpreted as fine art. This may involve attempts to capture the emotions of this "orderly chaos" or to accentuate peaceful simplicity.

As I have sought to establish a personal style, Iíve been increasingly drawn to what I refer to as "micro-landscapes"- composites of a whole in which I attempt to explore, close-up, scenes which may generally go unnoticed. They contain, I believe, the essence of nature. I have also placed increased attention towards what may be termed basic "earth foundation" elements- trees, rocks and water in relation to one another.

I often refer to the whole of my work as "creation images". This refers to the one related spark that holds true in all my attempts to capture glimpses of the beauty, power and mystery of nature. Glimpses which I hope serve as a reflection of the glories of the God who, I believe, created all the wonders of our world.

May these images help reveal Him to you.

James Allen French

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