Dennis H. Okruhlik
Digital Designed Images are a by-product of my traditional photography. Digital images are created with the use of a computer screen instead of my camera. I feel a lot of tension when working with the program than I do looking through the lens of my camera. This pressure allows me to create the abstract which is my gift to you. Once I feel I can’t go any further with the design, the rendering process begins. This could take up to 300 hours to bring it together. The program in itself is very complex and takes working with it day after day to design an abstract to entice the mind.
Photography – photography is a medium of self-expression. It is where I’m most comfortable. My emphasis is on personal vision, experimentation, and an understanding of photography and the body of criticism that surrounds it. A single photograph has the power to move, shape and question the way we view our world. Landscape is one of the areas with which I have become very familiar and connected. I can show you on paper what I see when I look through the lens and then click to capture that moment in time.
As I embark down the road of photography, which is now my third career, I feel very strongly about what has happened so far and what is about to happen. My Photo Art is mostly my personal idealized view of the world. As an artist I frequently strive to bring my viewers moments of uplifting and visual delight and remind them on the best days that it’s a wonderful world. It’s as simple as that.
Photography is a part of me. It’s as familiar and common to my life as is sleeping and eating. A camera is always by my side and I shoot most every single day with the pleasure and ease of a well developed habit. I often call photography my third eye because like an extra sense, it is a as reflexive to my perceptions and intuitions as are my very own eyes.
I believe a successful artist captures a moment in time and releases it to others with various formats. With my photography, I strive to transcend the documentary nature of the format by the sheer force of the experience. My work is both reflective and expression in that I do not aim or plan a shot, but instead allow myself to be found within it as it occurs. What you see is what is happening as it happens. I play in the fields and frame of what is to become a picture.