Project Description

Joanne Collins

Salem, Oregon

I am a lens-based artist focused on exploring the interplay of light and shadow, moment and story. As a visual storyteller, I strive to capture moments in time, using my camera to add depth and lead the viewer into the scene. Occasionally, intentional camera movement is used to add drama and motion or a layer of mystery.

Travel has made it possible for me to step out of my familiar world and work with many themes, following opportunities as they occur. People, places, animals, actions – for me, inspiration is everywhere. Horses are my passion, and my primary subjects. In the wild, in competition, at work and at rest, the powerful movement and graceful lines of horses continue to draw me in. But in Cuba, I was drawn to the dancers of the National Ballet who shared their athleticism and their beauty in traditional and contemporary settings. In the American West, I never tire of photographing the men and women who work in wide open spaces, caring for cattle and horses and each other while they preserve tradition from generation to generation.

I’ve had an opportunity to study with some of the most exceptionally talented photographers in the world. From National Geographic contributors to internationally-known animal, landscape and portrait photographers, I’ve learned to follow the light and use my camera to create images that evoke a sense of time, place or emotion. My fine art prints are available in a variety of sizes and are produced to archival museum standards.

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