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Roy Crystal Photographer

Roy Crystal Photographer

Photography

I am a color landscape photographer and environmentalist. I currently work digitally and my prints are archival digital prints. A number of my early photographic projects were straightforward documentary explorations of particular places, influenced by my work as an environmental planner, including a project on the people and environment of the Mendocino Coast of California. Over time I have moved toward a more personal form of expression. I strive to evoke the joy that I find in special places that I love, and people as they move through the landscape. I try to show how our world is transformed by the changing qualities of light and color.

Much of my work has been in beautiful natural places in New England, where I have lived and photographed since 1974, and the American West. It’s my intent to suggest how nature can nurture us – if we will only look.

My work explores natural processes of change, growth, decay, death, and renewal. I am fascinated by the consciousness of animals and our connection to them. One project, “A Day on Lieutenant Island”, a one-person show shown at the Munroe Gallery in Lexington was a series of 18 images in chronological order, showing one day on the beach on this island in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The images were displayed as a series of large panels with several images matted together on each, each panel conveying a process of change – sunset, moonrise, tide change, and the death of a shark.

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