About the Book
Powell doesn't tell us what his photographs mean. Like any other art form, meaning develops for each individual by inference of implication. Since neither inference nor implication is explicit, meaning lies within the eye and mind of the beholder. Art has meaning to people who bring a life well-lived to the work.
The photos in this book include landscapes, seascapes, urban views, close views, long views, wildlife and people life. Some are whimsical and some are thoughtful. Each of them is worthy of a close look. They are presented in mostly random order, so that each successive picture comes as a surprise.
Powell has judged photography contests at international and local levels. He evaluates a photograph as a synergistic sum of its parts, rather than as a checklist of rules. Although he enters contests himself and values the opinions of others, he makes photographs for himself, not for judges, not for hire. The resulting pictures are expressions of Powell, what he sees, and his response to what he sees.
Despite the personal nature of his pursuit, his photographs are for sharing. He enjoys satisfaction that his photographs connect with so many people. "After all," he says, "life must surely be for sharing. Otherwise, there would be only one of us."
I don't blur, diffuse or otherwise affect my photographs to mimic other art forms. Water colors, sketches and oil paintings are the domain of other artists: my photographs look like photographs. I present subjects in a manner that reveals the strengths of the art form with continuous tone color, luminosity, and generosity of detail. I look for ways to capture not only what I see, but how it feels to be there to see it. My relevant work in graphic arts, telecommunications and film has given me experience and skill to deliver that feeling. I look for opportunities in line, structure, perspective, dominant and subordinate elements, and I use contrast and color in my prints to elicit the mood and feeling of being there.