Wadena native mounts photographic show

Hey Over ThereJohn was born in Wadena and his exhibit of “the abandoned” will be on display in the Cultural Center main gallery from March 4th through April 11th.  A reception, slide show, and presentation by John will be held on Saturday, March 14 between 6-8pm.  Slide presentation begins at 7:00pm.

I have always been intrigued by abandoned buildings. Each one is a bit of a mystery and I’ve felt compelled to document as many of these old schools, churches and homesteads as I can. Even though these places are sometimes pretty bleak, it’s my intention to capture what I think is a beautiful image of what most people don’t necessarily think of as a beautiful subject. One of my photographer friends calls it, “Finding the Beauty.”

My images are digital photographs captured on Nikon Cameras. A majority of the images are printed on Kodak ENDURA Metallic VC Paper, which gives each image a striking, distinctive metallic eye-catching look. A number of images have also been printed on aluminum in order to give me some alternative presentation options. You will see some rustic looking frames throughout the exhibit which have been crafted with reclaimed wood.

Two of my images are encaustic pieces, which is a technique that involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments Elgin School Houseare added, and then applied to the photos that are pre-mounted on Baltic birch.

About the artist:

I was born and raised in Wadena, Minnesota. Educated at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I have been a photographer for a cataloging company for 18 years in Plymouth, MN and currently live in Minnetonka, MN with my wife Ann and my two boys, Anders and Gunnar.