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Spring 2021

Loren Nelson

In 1972, Loren Nelson picked up a Deardorff 4X5 view camera and began to organize the world on a four-by-five-inch piece of frosted glass. Nelson photographed with film and used a traditional darkroom to produce silver gelatin prints for over 40 years. But recently, he has switched to a digital workflow, using 35mm digital cameras and an iPhone to more spontaneously respond to his surroundings, and printing his images with archival pigment inks on fine-art papers. Portfolios include landscapes, seascapes, botanicals, and “Under Wraps”, a series of plastic-wrapped buildings.

Loren Nelson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Portland Art Museum; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL. He is represented by the Portland Art Museum/Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR. and has been published in View Camera, LensWork, B&W, and Shots Magazines.

Artist statement

"If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph." ~Anonymous

This quote resonates with my approach to photographing, especially in recent years, as threats to our environment are becoming more and more apparent. For many years I have been content to make carefully composed photographs that celebrate the beauty of our natural world. But lately, I feel an urgency to photograph elements of nature that are in observable danger of disappearing. I am currently working with Willamette Partnership providing images for The Oak Accord, a voluntary conservation agreement by landowners in the Willamette Valley, focusing on their commitment to preserving and restoring Oregon's oak savannahs. I am also contributing photographs for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, for use in helping to preserve Oregon’s magnificent coastline for future generations.

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