About sheryl r garrison photography

It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.

Dorothea Lange

Artist's Statement

As far back as I can remember I have been strongly connected to the natural world around me. What draws me to photography is the ability to capture that one moment in time, fleeting and lost if not captured exactly then.

I create when I feel a connection to the subject matter and allow this emotion to dictate how the image is represented. I walk on both sides of the abstract image following form, color, and curves and yet still feel a strong pull to stark imagery. Soft focus, high key, and long exposure go a long ways in capturing the essence of the subject.

Monochromatic and limited color palettes dominate my work and I have been greatly inspired by the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, and Michael Kenna. 

I shoot digital with Nikon D7000 and D7200, and medium format film with a 1950's Yashica D TLR and an even earlier vintage Zeiss Nettar. In a world that moves ever increasingly more quickly, shooting film has for me the effect of slowing things down and ensuring that I am being thoughtful and precise about what I shoot.