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Gray Treefrog

The Taoist story of the woodcarver who put all worldly objects and relationships out of his mind in order to meet the tree in which resided the bell stand he was to carve has significance to us as artists. Sometimes just being open to what may be encountered results in images we would not find in any deliberate way. That does not mean that we are not deliberate in the process of making an image, just that the world is full of wonderful images if one is open to the possibilities.

A correlate is the idea that photographers differ from painters (along with tools) only in that painters decide what to put in a frame and photographers decide what to take out of it. Often the challenge is finding the subject in a setting that allows one to take out the superfluous with camera position, depth of field and lens' angle of view.

Photographers, rather than the tools, make their images. Tools are important; but no matter how technically refined, are only as good as the photographer who uses them. We mainly use Canon DSLR equipment and capture images in RAW. We found the move to DSLR cameras was seamless and invigorating. We experiment more than we did with film. Working in our digital darkroom is also fun, though not as much as planning and making the image file in camera.

We seek abstracts in water, plant material and geology. Our naturalistic work relies on strong compositional elements that presents the subject to best advantage. The essence of the subject is the goal of every image.

More information on our approach to our work can be found in the essays in the notes section of this site.

Linda & Robert Scarth


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