Andy Smith Photography

 Forsters Tern

Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery
May 13-June 5, 2016

The Patterns of Nature
Twenty-Two Galllery
236 22nd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Wed-Sun noon-6pm
215 772 1911

 Artist Statement

"There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance and grace - those qualities you find always in that which the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the way the sand trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote bush or the patterns of its leaves." Frank Herbert, Dune

All things in the universe are interconnected, often in ways we don't immediately see or feel, but ways that are integral to who we are as humans and to everything else. Humans, animals and plants have the same basic mechanism for sensing, serotonin neurons. These are present in every living system. One task of the artist is to recognize the connections we have and portray them in ways that evoke feeling. I have chosen the theme Patterns of Nature to give some sense of these connections. My mission in photography is to produce images that portray the art of nature in ways that viewers can appreciate the beauty, diversity, and sacredness of the natural world, understand that we are part of this web of life, and be moved to act in ways that protect our only home, the living Earth, Gaia.

From sunsets to painted hills, from colorful leaves to rocks in the river, from birds in flight or on the water to flowing streams and mushrooms on fallen trees - all these patterns reflect a beauty present in everything. Dostoevsky noted in The Idiot that beauty will save the earth. I believe this and hope my portrayal of small reflections of this beauty will move your soul to recognition of deeper connections.

The slideshow below is a brief overview of the gallery setting and each of the images. It is in no way a substuitute for visiting the gallery since images range in size from 24x16 to 40x60. A list of all images follows below the slideshow.

Patterns of Nature - Images by Andy Smith Photography on Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery

1. Fall Reflection at Jenkins 24x36 $390
2. Patterns at the Bottom of North Falls 16x24 $170
3. Turkey Tail Mushrooms 30x40 $540
4. Wahkeena Creek #3/500 30x40 $540
5. Purple Ochre Sea Stars 24x36 $390
6. Sunset at Haystack Rock 20x40 $360
7. Waves of Sea and Sand 24x36 $390
8. Misty Morning on the Upper Delaware 15x40 $270
9. Painted Hills Vista 24x36 $390
10. Fall Reflection on the Lackawaxen River 20x40 $360
11. Waves in the Sand 27x40 $480
12. On the Precipice 20x40 $360
13. Snow Geese Cloud at Middle Creek 24x36 $390
14. Two Pairs of Hooded Mergansers 15x40 $270
15. River Rock Patterns 40x60 $1080
16. Moss and Mushrooms 16x24 $170
17. Bottom of Latourell Falls #2/500 27x40 $480
18. Venus Reflection at Sunset 45x30 $600
19. Rocks in the Vlomanskill #2/500 24x16 $170
20. Lone Star in Valley Forge #2/500 16x24 $170
21. Sunset on the Bay at Forsythe 45x30 $600
22. Full Moon Rising at Duck Pond 30x20 $270

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