Archive for April 13th, 2012

What a wonderful starting point for our Community Art Walk!  Unless I hear otherwise, the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Library will be the first stop on the walk!  Gretchen Fry is the new librarian and she provided this summary for me to post:

The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Library will be participating on Saturday April 28th from 10am-5:30pm.  View our permanent collection of photos of Harpers Ferry.  Books on Arts and Crafts will be on display and available for checkout.  Light refreshments served.



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The Village Shop featuring Earl D. Mills
180 High Street
Harper’s Ferry, WV



Artist Statement/Bio

Photography has been an interest, hobby, and now a profession over the last 35 years. During that time, I attended a number of college and technical courses and have used many types of photographic equipment. Until a few of years ago, my profession utilized computer graphics in software design and photography was just a natural projection of that experience for me.  One notable employer was National Geographic where I studied the techniques and styles of various photographers.  Their historic photographic archives are an inspiration for what I photograph today.

I have created and perfected my own unique blend of photography and art.  Using this technique I capture and then interpret timeless images of our American heritage.  My work reflects the struggles and triumphs that America has weathered, from the commonplace to the legendary.  I reside in a renowned region for Civil War history, and have photographed many of these legendary sites.  This “Hallowed Ground” includes numerous battlefields, historic buildings, monuments, famous churches as well as presidential homes to rustic log cabins.  Rivers, mountains, and meandering byways provide a peaceful backdrop for these historical treasures as well.

Currently all photographs are taken using professional Canon cameras and lenses. The photographs are then transformed using a digital darkroom technique until they take on the desired artistic appearance. There are no preset conditions; every photograph takes on its own unique style.  I strive to make the end result one that is an interpretation of the history that I see.

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