Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence offering two programs at Big Meadows

Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Carl Johnson will present two public programs during his residency, one on October 28 and the second on October 31.

Johnson’s medium is photography.

Friday, October 28

The Friday, October 28 program will take place in the Big Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) at 2 p.m.

“From DSLRs to mirrorless cameras and smartphones, almost everyone has a camera today. Rather than documenting our travels or hikes, how can we better use our cameras?” Johnson asked at about his program.

He will discuss how we can use photography to make deeper connections with nature, whether in our backyard or in our favorite national parks.

“These bonds can be formed through exploration, discovery and giving ourselves the time we need,” Johnson said.

Monday October 31

On October 31, Johnson will perform an outdoor program near the Big Meadows Visitor Center (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) at 5 p.m.

“We have all seen incredible photos. Their common point is a great use of light and composition. But they did not happen by chance. The photographer had to see the image first before they could create it,” Johnson said in a press release.

As Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a picture, you make it.”

“Seeing and noticing details in the world around you is crucial to making this photograph,” he said.

Join Johnson on a field trip to learn the importance of observation and visualization in making good pictures.

“I’ll also offer helpful technical and creative tips on how to use your camera to take better photos,” he said.


The programs are free.

Participants will need a Shenandoah National Park entry permit or pass.

The Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Program is funded by donations to the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

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