Monday, February 1, 2010

Spotlight on: JON BEARD

Please tell us about your art.
I work at a few disciplines including wood turning and digital arts, but my favorite by far is photography. I enjoy shooting nature and the macro world.

What inspires you as an artist?
One of the things I enjoy about photography is the opportunity to study a moment in time as a reality, rather than as we remember it. A memory is a small sample of details our brain considered important enough to store. When we recall that memory, the missing information is filled in to create a whole, often wildly inaccurate, representation of what occurred.

When we freeze that moment in time we are able to study the detail that would have otherwise been missed. As we are exposed to and become familiar with reality at this level we become able to remember (and make predictions) more accurately. In this way the photograph finds itself to be one of the most effective ways of causing our perception and reality to become one in the same.

How does your community (could be Elliston or Shawsville or the broader eastern Montgomery County or New River Valley) inform your art?
This area offers a wide variety of shooting opportunities. You don’t have to travel far to find a vastly different landscape.

Please recommend something to us: a good book, music, a recipe, another artist...
Trey Ratcliff – HDR Photographer –

What role does the EastMont Arts Association play in your life?
The EAA gives me an opportunity to meet with and learn from other
artists in the area. The internet has made it easy to interact with
artists around the world, but there’s still a lot to be said about
working together in person.

Include links to your Website and a photo or two of your artwork if available.

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