Art by Wesley R. Elsberry

 
 
 

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Wesley Elsberry

Art by Wesley R. Elsberry

Palmetto, FL

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Photography became my primary skill in the visual arts when I was sixteen. I've learned from mentors and teachers: Lamar Philpot, Wallace Wilson, Evon Streetman, Randy Batista, and Laurie Hitzig. Alfred Stieglitz's vociferous defense of photography as an art form in itself appeals to me, though Stieglitz's subjective and sometimes vindictive determinations of who was in and who was out of serious artistic consideration does not. I prefer a mode of photography that puts most of the effort in up-front, before the shutter snaps, and reserve the use of many of the techniques Stieglitz approved of as manipulations to exceptional cases. The primary manipulation of the photographer is to concentrate the attention of the viewer to the same subject as attracted the photographer. The fewer distractions from that aim, the better, or as Evon Streetman once told me, the photographer is responsible for everything in the frame. Just as different patterns of brush strokes or their absence is normal variation in painting, use of elements that may normally be considered flaws in a photographic ideal are simply a part of artistic expression in photography. These should be applied sparingly in my view, but my experience has been that knowing when they are appropriate is a talent worth fostering.

While I did earn my living via photography for several years (in photojournalism, then studio photography, scientific photography, and public relations work), I chose a primary career path with interdisciplinary science, combining organismal biology and computer science. I've been there and done that for a lot of things. In addition to the visual arts, I'm a master falconer, a SCUBA diver, and handle dogs in agility competition. I've worked in medical and veterinary research labs, programmed the fire control computer for F-16 fighter aircraft, programmed a mapping system for the USAF, done research with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, advocated better science education with the National Center for Science Education, consulted with attorneys on a high-profile first amendment case, and co-created a group science blog that was recognized as one of the top science blogs in the world. I'm working on an automated acoustic data collection system to collect information on snapping shrimp activity. I like to keep busy. You can look me up on Wikipedia and Google.

 

Weather from Tampa Bay 871 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Weed Flower 907 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Florida Sunset 0052 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Piper At Dusk by Wesley Elsberry

 

Lily and Dragonfly by Wesley Elsberry

 

Michigan Redtail Hawk by Wesley Elsberry

 

On The Road 2 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Lifeboat with Shark by Wesley Elsberry

 

Duel by Wesley Elsberry

 

Weed by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fort Worth Balloons by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 474 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 475 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 477 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 478 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 479 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 482 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 483 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 484 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 486 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 488 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 489 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 490 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 491 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 493 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 496 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 497 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 498 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 499 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 500 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 501 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 502 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 503 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Splash 3 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Splash 2 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Splash 1 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Hillside by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Boat Ramp by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Yellow Flower by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ocean Beach Florets by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ingraham Street Bridge at Night by Wesley Elsberry

 

Shelter Island Panorama by Wesley Elsberry

 

Rock with Lichen and Snow by Wesley Elsberry

 

Gettysburg Cannon by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fireworks 5 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fireworks 4 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fireworks 3 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Banded Tulip Shell by Wesley Elsberry