Through the centuries, many artists have told stories through the events captured on their canvases. From Yokoyama Taikan’s inspiring White Clouds Longing for Spring, to J.M.W. Turner’s brilliant Snow Storm—Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, the portrayal of natural events, not just static landscapes, has long been a focus of enlightened painters worldwide. The camera can afford the same, despite its propensity to make exacting reproductions. So I explore our planet with rangefinder in hand and child in mind, always seeking its stories. It has many to tell. From mountain summits to high altitude aircraft, my favored perspective is an aerial one, allowing me to be immersed in my subject. Here, I see the land as the atmosphere does. I watch the elements collide with the terrain in a way that simply can’t be appreciated from the surface. My work is monochromatic, and I have a purist approach that emphasizes minimalism at every step in my process.
Jon Van de Grift
In south Boulder near Fairview High School.