Art by Wesley R. Elsberry

 
 
 

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Wesley Elsberry

Art by Wesley R. Elsberry

Eaton Rapids, MI

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I learned photography from many mentors and teachers: Lamar Philpot, Wallace Wilson, Evon Streetman, Randy Batista, and Laurie Hitzig among them. Alfred Stieglitz's vociferous defense of photography as an art form in itself appeals to me. 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.

I earned my living via photography for several years (in photojournalism, then studio photography, scientific photography, and public relations work). The introduction I had to photography as fine art at the University of Florida, though, is a large part of how I think about my photography now. There are many forms of artistic expression that photography enables, and I pursue several of them.

 

Springport, Michigan Sunset 4289 by Wesley Elsberry

 

St. Johns Flower 866 by Wesley Elsberry

 

St. Johns Park Flower 872 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 376 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 392 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 377 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 348 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 355 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 347 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 306 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 422 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 424 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 428 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 450 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid Vortex 458 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orchid 459 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fall Color at Gladwin 4543 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Sunset at Eaton Rapids 4826 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fall Colors at Gladwin 4459 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Weather Over Topsail Beach 2977 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Skyway at Night 5559 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Herons on Lake 367 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Two Tone Clouds 9384 by Wesley Elsberry

 

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