Before Professor Holmgren found his way to our beloved F&M, he traveled the world with the US Coastguard, where he explored his passion for photography and landscape. John Holmgren describes his art as capturing the world beyond the vast surroundings of nature, “landscape includes how humans interact in that landscape” including structures. Listen in on our conversation with John Holmgren, where he’ll talk about his two exhibitions at the Phillips Museum of Art, explain his collaboration with Nick Combere, answer the following questions, and more!
1) Can you describe the time when you first realized that nature was something you wanted to capture on film?
2) What sorts of things do you look for in nature and what determines your selection? How much does your initial selection determine your final composition?
3) What can you tell us about your process; anything special about your technique? Anything noteworthy about how you approach to capturing your environment?
4) What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you keep yourself motivated? What excites you the most about photography?
5) What matters most to you in photography?
6) What is the best piece of advice you have been given when creating work? What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Check out John's works in both the River Relations (ending 3/11) and District of Penguins (ending 4/7) exhibits!
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