Ira Gardner – Photographer, Author, Educator
Having spent time living in urban and rural environments I don’t really feel like I belong to any particular community or lifestyle. As an artist I think I am always observing and recording as a means of trying to find that perfect place to settle down and call home. I am a person who travels and is always trying to understand the places I am photographing. In my efforts to find my own self-identity I am asking the same questions that Dorthea Lange asked of every photograph, “Is this my world? If not, what does it have to do with my world?” My photographs are like reading a personal journal and are the intimate portraits of the places that have touched me deeply. My best work has a storytelling quality that I think was influenced by all the old black and movies I watched as a child and the many literary influences from my library that includes the work of John Steinbeck, E.B. White, and Charles Bukowski. All of my photographs are printed on traditional black and white photochemical paper regardless of whether or not they were captured on film or with more modern digital cameras.