My name is David Sharpe and among many other things, I’m a photographer. I am a member of Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor, and this is the first of what we hope will be a series of blog posts by Gallery artists telling the story behind our own art. All art, whether it’s paintings, jewelry, glass art, woodwork or photographs have a story to tell. In the case of my chosen craft, travel photographs tell of places both near and far, inviting the viewer to connect with the landscape and imagine themselves in that setting. In some cases, it sparks memories of past visits and reminds us of the stunning beauty that surrounds us on this earth.
In Northern Idaho we came across a collection of old cars and trucks stored in an old slate quarry. We’d passed this scene by in prior trips, but this time stopped to spend an hour wandering around the property (with permission of the resident) to make some images. This image depicts an old US Army Chevrolet truck. I thought the speed limit sign at the quarry entrance made an amusing counterpoint to the dynamically balanced truck rusting on the hill behind it.
ST. LOUIS ARCH AT NIGHT
More properly known as the Gateway Arch, this St. Louis landmark houses the Museum of Westward Expansion. I really wanted to capture a night-time image of the Arch and found my spot across the Mississippi River on the Illinois side. There I found an elevated viewing platform that got me above the levee and the train tracks and industrial areas, leaving a spectacular view of the city, including the Old Courthouse framed by the legs of the Arch.