This month, the Main Library hosts photographer Gary Hoard, showcasing a selection of his stunning outdoor and nature photography. Hoard is inspired by the natural beauty of Iowa’s landscapes and fauna, and enjoys exploring Iowa’s state and county parks to find new subjects to capture.
From the Artist
Photography provides an avenue for me to capture both the ordinary and unusual moments in the nature around us. Looking through the camera to compose an interesting shot forces me to be more aware of what is going on around me, enhancing the outdoor experience. My choice of subjects for this “Naturally Iowa” exhibit comes from my lifelong interest in the birds, insects, plants and animals that share our world. The natural world, even here in Iowa, is very diverse and offers many surprises waiting to be uncovered on a photo outing.
Photography has been a continuous learning experience in the sense that in order to improve my chances of capturing a specific image I need to first learn something of the habits of the subject of interest. Most rewarding are the lessons learned by observing and interacting with the subject while attempting to capture their image. I enjoy the natural experience whether or not I get the photo - the image is a bonus which allows me to share a special moment with others.
Visit Photographer Gary Hoard’s website.
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