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Ekphratsic Free Verse ~ Wild Fire
Bernard Gieske, US Poet
Connie Bransilver, US Photographer
Internationally known nature photographer, artist, author and speaker, Connie Bransilver, has photographed on all seven continents. She brings images and inspirational prose to audiences seeking clarity, passion and purpose. Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida’s Native Orchids, and Florida’s Unsung Wilderness: The Swamps, offer personal and spiritual explorations of wilderness along with sound scientific analysis. She is published widely in local, national and international books and magazines, she has co-produced a Wild Chronicles television segment with National Geographic, and she has appeared on numerous television shows in the US and abroad. Her fine art prints hang in institutions and private collections throughout the world, but above all, she captures the emotion of nature and brings it to viewers, readers and listeners.
Connie and Nicholas
Atrtist's Statement ~ Connie Bransilver
I want to conspire with the viewer to tell a story in one captured moment. We are each involved. The viewer’s life’s experience shapes his response to what he sees. My curiosity, patience, timing and knowledge of the subject bring an enigmatic instant to life, Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Critical Moment.’ The image presented on paper or canvas or fabric is unchanging, archival, but the interpretation can be unique to each viewer, and even different each time it is viewed. It is that multi-layered story that I aim to tell.
Thus, using the best possible camera and field techniques, mastering the plays of natural light and shadow, I present the story my mind saw. Mine is not a computer-based art. It is the art of the natural world and of the heart.
If, as I believe, photographs are self-portraits of the artist’s vision, then mine are emotional, clean and clear and straight forward images of light, light as color, light as heat, light as the very essence of life. And they are invariably joyful. A photograph is captured light, captured life in color, vibrant and lively, or muted and serene, or light stripped of color and presented as heat, life itself sculpted by an invisible hand.
With me, silence the cacophony and isolate one element. Let the static recede for now. Experience simplicity, elegance, serenity or pure joy in being.
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