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Ike Leahy

Gango Editions, Inc. Artist

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I am a pictorialist; the artist part is up for debate. I strive to use todayís tools in a manner that permits the bold colors within my landscapes to appear rich with contrast; molding scenes into stories of place, time and action. The hope is that a simple capture might hold the attention of a casual observer for just a moment; just long enough to tell the story of that particular moment/emotion captured on film.

For me, the camera is merely the excuse to be outside and on the move. The objective is to get someplace, any place, to see the sunrise or sunset, or to put myself in the midst of a stormy moment. While that may be the objective, just as often as not, conditions may not be just right and no film may be shot, as a result, I will move on to my next adventure.

PSLHY-224 Foreboding FuryMy favorite time of year is anytime I can be outdoors with my camera. My images include landscapes in all seasons and several different time zones. I decide on the place to be, the time of year, and the time to be there, and then road trip here I come! Once I get there I just go with the flow, remaining aware of the 360 points on the compass. Some might call me a dinosaur, but I still prefer to shoot film. I thrive on the sense of accomplishment in taking that pure, unadulterated shot.

One image I shot on September 10th, 2001, remains a surprise to me. I was at Trillium Lake near the base of Mt. Hood, Oregon, arriving early to await the sunrise. I expected to capture the mountainís reflection in that alpine lake, but in the predawn light, I witnessed an amazing light show. The sky was filled with dark heavy clouds, highlighted by incredible hues of red and purple against the dark sky. It was AMAZING! I was witnessing the light from explosions bomb-barding the area of the mountainís crest. Because of the events of the next day, it was weeks before I had that film developed and saw the shots of that amazing event.

I am a pictorialist; the artist part is up for debate. I strive to use todayís tools in a manner that permits the bold colors within my landscapes to appear rich with contrast; molding scenes into stories of place, time and action. The hope is that a simple capture might hold the attention of a casual observer for just a moment; just long enough to tell the story of that particular moment/emotion captured on film.