Being out in nature is the best remedy when the hectic, fast-paced culture of everyday life gets to be overwhelming. Being in the midst of the landscape — especially if the phone is shut off — truly restores our souls. Even the small, intimate botanical scenes found in this exhibit invite a pause to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet.
The beneficial effects of nature can be recreated in photography by carefully working with light to create the form, texture, mood, and implied movement that inspires a sense of serenity. I choose to photograph primarily in black and white to emphasize those features. I photograph in color only when I can identify specific benefits it brings to an image.
Technically speaking, everything I use in creating photographs contributes to attaining the highest possible quality. I used three different high resolution digital cameras in making these images. Prints are made on archival quality, heavy-weight photo paper with fade resistant pigment inks that can be enjoyed for many generations. No elements are added and post-processing is limited to adjustments for brightness and contrast.
A former newspaper photographer and editor, Larry Mendenhall began concentrating on landscape photography in the late ‘90’s and began Quiet Places Photography in 2003. Since then, his work has appeared in numerous juried art shows and exhibitions.
His botanical images are a natural spin-off from his landscape photography, celebrating a close-up, intimate look at the shapes and forms found in nature.
In 2009, he began a different project called “Places of Spirt and Light”, a study of churches in rural Iowa. The project was selected for a solo show at the Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, IA) and part of the “Places of Spirit and Light” portfolio was published in Issue #109 of LensWork magazine.
Other honors include: Best of Show in the Octagon Art Center (Ames, IA) Snapshot photo contest; selection of two photos for the Vet’s Auditorium renovation (Des Moines, IA); an appearance in Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Outdoors segment on Iowa State Fair’s Photography Salon; Best of Show at the Octagon Arts Festival in Ames, IA; and selected as an Artist in Residence at Ashford College in Clinton, IA.
His photographs are in the permanent collections at Mary Greeley Hospital; the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa, The University of Iowa Library, and are on display in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Kansas City office. The Iowa Farm Bureau Association of Iowa selected Mendenhall’s Summer Storm to represent the state at the Farm Bureau National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He lives in Altoona, IA, with this wife, Nancy Eichmann.