About GREG CRAYBAS Photography
There began my motivational journey to reveal the true beauty of the parks and to elevate awareness of what was at risk. This risk is not limited to simply losing access to the parks and the wildlife that live there. The climate and environment that we live in changes, and so is our relationship to wildlife and nature. How often do we associate wildlife and the landscape with conservation, preservation, and management? Are we so afraid to harm anything that we do not go outside to become a part of our environment? Why have we become so obsessed with what we have lost and not what we have? The responsibility now is to present imagery that celebrates the world we live in today and preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations.
A photograph of nature and landscape can have a common connection to us all; it can create the pause to stop your feet and look around. I set up my tripod, only to realize I was taking images without a camera, I was experiencing the environment. Call it luck or fate, images happen, it is my responsibility to capture them in all of their natural beauty.
With the arrival of digital photography, a transition to creationism in photography exists. Often landscape photographs are digitally over processed in the digital darkroom to create dynamically surreal artificial reproductions of what naturally exists. My photographic goal is to capture the raw power, color, and balance of our environment at the moment of nature’s beauty as it happened. Man has manipulated our environment enough—photography need not follow the same path. The irony is that in our complex digital world, many of us need technology as a motivational tool to get outside.
Ultimately, if an image can initiate a pause, then perhaps it will raise awareness of what we are losing, perhaps forever! The key is not to view a photograph as a window, but as an invitation to get outdoors.
Gregory A. Craybas
- Nikon School 2009, 2010 Syracuse University
- Digital Landscape Workshop 2009 - Bar Harbor Maine
- Digital Landscape Workhop 2010 - Freeport Maine
- The Fine Art of Digital Printing with JP Caponigro and R Mac Holbert
- Professional Practices Workshop for gallery and grant publication, Syracuse University Lightworks 2010
- Adirondack Photography Institute 2010 Winter workshop
- Tony Sweet Photography workshop 2012 - Charleston SC