Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Featured Photographer - Joan Carroll

Today's featured artist is photographer Joan Carroll, who told us:

I loved photography even when I had an Instamatic camera back in the 60s! And I loved to travel as long as I can remember! My first 'real' camera was a Nikkormat, bought when I was in college after a friend introduced me to 35 mm photography. When I would travel, I would pack my suitcase with all different kinds of film, ready for all light conditions. Through it all, I tried to teach myself the nuts and bolts of light, aperture, and focus. 

Fast forward to the digital age and several intervening careers doing something other than photography. I made a trip to Beijing, China in 2008 to attend the Summer Olympics, armed with a new point and shoot digital camera.  A dormant photographer could not have asked for a better inspiration to jump back into photography again. I now work with a digital Nikon camera, but the love of photography and travel have changed little!

I am still largely a self-taught photographer. Luckily aperture and depth of field haven't changed in all those years, but the ability to draw out the best from a scene is a world away from where I started. However, I believe the essential element in the photograph is still the photographer. I believe in what Ansel Adams said “In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular…sight and feeling will appear on a print”. Without sounding too mystical, a scene has to 'speak' to me! Sometime when we travel, I will look at other people taking photographs and look in the direction they are shooting and wonder what they are 'seeing'. I think we all have to 'see' something ourselves in order to make a more effective image.

My website includes many galleries of  images from travel in the USA and in many places in Europe. I also have a great variety of topical galleries with images of lighthouses, covered bridges, landscapes, county courthouses, animals, windows and doors, world religious architecture, barns, boats, clocks, stairways and even cemeteries. 
Medieval - Prague Czech Republic 
I feel so honored and humbled and thrilled that people buy my work! My own art purchases hang on my walls for years! So I know that you really have to love a piece of art, and have it mean something to you, to make a purchase. I want to be able to make more artworks that strike that chord in people. 

Please visit my work on Fine Art America at and at Here my images can be purchased as art prints, canvases, acrylic or metal prints, greeting cards, and even cell-phone covers. Visit me on Facebook at Follow my postings on twitter ( or Pinterest (
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