Here's part of an interview I did with an artist whose work we are currently showing at The Fine Arts Company where I work. I've been writing for their blog which is why I haven't been writing for this blog as much as I'd like. I guess I only have so much creative power to go around.
George is a photographer like me but he loves to shoot butterflies, unlike me.
George Small will be exhibiting his work here at the store during the month of March and will be having an opening March 14th from 6pm to 8pm. Below is an opportunity to get to know him better before you meet him in person here at The Fine Arts Company.
He has had a passion for photography since his teen years in Baltimore, Maryland. As his family grew, he documented their many activities from infancy to college graduation to marriage. His varied interests in photography include insects, flowers, butterflies, moths, birds, animals, landscapes, weddings, and sometimes unusual creations that catch his eye. He has used both film and now digital (with strong encouragement from his sons). Family Vacations have provided him great opportunity to capture butterflies and birds primarily in Florida and abroad.
That’s a little history about George. Now let’s get on to the interview. He can tell you just about anything about butterflies.
What drew you to photography over other art mediums?
I never considered myself artistic and never attempted painting or drawing. Stick figures give me a problem. I am surrounded with other artistic people though, as my wife is a Colored Pencil artist. I let the drawing up to her. Photography on the other hand is something that interested me and has been a part of my life from a young age. Many people say they never knew me without a camera in my hand. As a youngster growing up in Baltimore I would photograph all kinds of family events. Then, with my own family there were lots of opportunities to document the life experiences of our children from birthday parties to weddings and now grandchildren.
As a Traffic Engineer for the State Highway Administration I needed to document all kinds of highway incidents and features affecting drivers. Photographs give you a different perspective and one you can refer back to time and time again. So photography has been a continual part of my life and continues to be.
Why are you attracted to photographing butterflies?
About 10 years ago while visiting with friends in Florida we were amazed at the hundreds of butterflies attracted to their bright red bottle brush plants and began taking pictures of the different local butterflies attracted to the flowers. When we printed the pictures we were astounded at the intricate detail in these creatures of God that could not be readily seen as they fluttered about. Among God’s creatures, the butterfly is one of the most stunningly beautiful! Its gentle flight, colorful wings, and amazing migratory patterns are traits that make the butterfly a masterpiece of the natural world. This flying insect, while supplying us with visual enjoyment, also supplies us with amazing examples of the marvels of God’s creative work . For example, theGreat Southern White looks like any other white butterfly as it flies around but when captured on film you can see the bright turquoise tips of its antenna that only this butterfly has. The Queen Alexandra, largest and most beautiful butterfly, has wings and a body of vibrant yellows, blues and black.