Fine Art Photography

Bruce J. Parsons

~~Since a fairly young age, Bruce knew he wanted to pursue a career in art. His first opportunity at formal art education was in bartering roof snow shoveling for painting lessons with well known painter John W. ‘Babe’ Sargent in Georges Mills, NH. Bruce attended Portland School of Art in Portland, ME (now Maine College of Art) in the fall of 1973 with a focus on painting. In 1974 Bruce transferred to Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH and graduated in 1977with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. While at C-SC Bruce’s focus in art shifted to photography and ceramics. Bruce was juried into the New Hampshire Art Association in 1978 and has remained an active member. He is also a member of the NH Society of Photographic Artists. Bruce has photographed landscapes in many locations on both coasts of the US and the Caribbean. Bruce’s photography blossomed while spending seven years, in the mid 70’s, on a small island off the coast of NH called Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals. Bruce continues to this day to spend many days a year on Star. This location six miles from the mainland provides a very unique source of light. The island with its size and confined natural borders of the ocean, has allowed Bruce a multi-decade study and documentation in almost all types of light and weather. A subject like a one hundred year old building goes year after year virtually unchanged. How light plays off of it and how the natural vegetation surrounding it constantly changes makes it a different subject hourly. Bruce likes to photograph in unique light situations like low light, storms, early morning and twilight/evening. Bruce currently shoots with a Nikon D-700 Digital camera and prefers to use a 20 mm wide angle lense to capture the images he sees. Bruce’s style is to shoot landscapes void of people but yet full of the influence of humans and nature in a fine balance. Bruce’s art has been most greatly influenced by photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, the Group 64 movement, Elliot Porter and painters Claude Monet, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper and the impressionist movement. For over thirty years Bruce has been printing, exhibiting and selling his photographs as fine art. About ten years ago he published Star Light a comprehensive collection of his photographs chronicling thirty years on Star Island.

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