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April Saylor - Photographer

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  • Artist's Statement
  • April's Work

Photo of April SaylorI was given my first camera for my 17th birthday. I still own my Pentax K1000 and it is in good working order though most of what I do now is digital. I currently travel with a Canon 5D Mark ii which means I have had to collect superlight backpacking gear to compensate for the weight of my camera gear.

I spend most of my free time outside, hiking, camping and working.  Wherever I go, I take my camera. There is never a reason to leave it at home. It is my faithful companion. I shoot every week, every chance I get despite the fact that I work and I’m a full-time student. I find the moments in between to do what I love best.

I have a serious obsession with the weather and I always have an eye on the radar.
I follow the Arizona Monsoon storms throughout the summer. When everyone else is excited about a mild, clear day, I’m anxiously awaiting a storm.

I am imperfect therefore I minimally edit each of my photos in order to retain the soul and mood of the composition. I would rather leave an “imperfection” than I would alter it through technology.

The thing that has shaped me the most besides being an artist is being a Midwesterner. The thing the people I grew up with value most is hard work. I enjoy working hard to find and capture the photos I take.  I want to present my “audience” with something familiar but unique.

Much of what I do is done in harsh environments and extreme weather. I seek places and subjects that are rarely viewed and I work to frame the “ordinary” in an extraordinary way.

My photos represent more than a fraction of a second, recorded while the shutter is open. They are composed of the day’s events or even years of settling into a landscape. Sense of place is the single most important element of my being therefore it is the most important aspect of each photograph.

"Fireworks"

Fireworks

"Lightning 418"

Lightning 418

"Toward Heaven"

Toward Heaven

"Black and White Aspens"

Black and White Aspens

"Rings of Saturn"

Rings of Saturn

 

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