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.

 

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

 

Orchid by Wesley Elsberry

 

Alcatraz with Pelicans by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fireworks 2 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fireworks by Wesley Elsberry

 

Fort Funston Beach by Wesley Elsberry

 

Redwood Creek by Wesley Elsberry

 

Bok Tower Sundial by Wesley Elsberry

 

Bok Tower Entrance by Wesley Elsberry

 

Upper Bok Tower by Wesley Elsberry

 

Christmas Plus One Tree by Wesley Elsberry

 

Iced Purple Pansy by Wesley Elsberry

 

On The Road 1 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Winter Copse by Wesley Elsberry

 

Winter Window by Wesley Elsberry

 

Winter Tree by Wesley Elsberry

 

Flying Pelican by Wesley Elsberry

 

Mirror Pelican by Wesley Elsberry

 

St. Petersburg Boats 1 by Wesley Elsberry

 

Floating Pelican by Wesley Elsberry

 

Orange Iced Pansies by Wesley Elsberry

 

Ice Plant San Diego by Wesley Elsberry