Venue: The Village Shop
Artist: Earl Mills, Photographer
“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 photographice quipment. 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.”
Venue: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Artist: Ron Roman, Photographer
Ron Roman is a 1987 A.T. thru-hiker. His photos focus on the light, vapor, color, and movement of the A.T. His work has been published in numerous publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Backpacker, Delta Sky, and the Discovery Channel Guidebook Series. In 2010, Roman captured the iconic photo, “Appalachian Trail Mist”, on the A.T.’s Tennessee and North Carolina border, which was later featured on the cover of the 2012 book, The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail. Visitors will have opportunity to meet this artist, view his work, and purchase this renowned photo, with ten percent of the gross sales donated back to the ATC.