Art has been part of Nichole’s Fine Pastry since its inception. Our rotating art exhibits allow us to surround our patrons with beautiful, interesting artworks while supporting the arts community in the Metro area.
Chasing the Light
Photographs by Brad Swenson
January 17 – March 15, 2017
I chase the light outside, golden dawn to warm dusk, bookends to illuminate the natural order.
I find meaning in the gently lit space – amongst the small and ordinary…
excerpt from Outside, a poem by Brad Swenson
Light is the most important tool in a photographer’s artistic toolbox. It is what allows a photographer to capture an image, to “draw with light” (from the Greek roots photo or light and graphy or writing).
For those photographers fascinated with capturing small moments in nature – where the object (the flower, the insect) is minimized and the focus is on the lines, shapes, textures and colors within the object – light becomes indispensible. But much harder to find.
A photographer working in a studio can add or remove lights or use reflective umbrellas to adjust the brightness. Photographers working in nature must chase the light to find enough to illuminate (literally and figuratively) their subject. Not easy in a murky wooded setting, although that may be hard to believe when looking at the vibrant images included in this exhibit.
Swenson has written that in abstracting nature, he is attempting to deliver something higher, more pronounced, than the item or scene itself. Deliver he does. Time and again the artist has found the light that helps us see the world as deeply as he does.
Brad Swenson is a self-taught photographer who has honed his craft by doing. This is his first solo exhibit. He studied English, Philosophy and Russian History at NDSU and received his law degree from the University of Denver. He graduated from the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands in 1993. For more information and images, visit Bradswensonphoto.com.