Tim Atkinson's work will be featured in a solo show at;
ARTBAR Gallery, Kingston, NY
674 Broadway, Kingston, NY, 12401 email@example.com 845-338 -2789
Opening June 6th - 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Show runs until June 28th, and features over 20 large prints. Come. It will be amazing!
What happens to us when we walk in the forest?
Like so many I have been drawn to nature. It has always inspired me, and I have photographed
it since childhood. Usually my photographs have profoundly disappointed me, but I kept on regardless.
Eventually I became interested in pathways through the forest. Some paths led into bright sunny
places of hope, others into darker places. At the time I was fighting my inner darkness. I felt doomed
and was struggling to see how I could move forward. Although I couldn’t see the paths in my own life,
I spent time with the paths in the forest, and for me each photograph from that time has a story that
resonated deeply with my path to recovery.
Once I showed someone a photograph, and he loved it, until I told him the story I had made up about it,
and he then hated it. I actually quite like that. My stories may not work for you, but it seems that they
have been a very important part of creating images that speak to people on many different levels.
Eventually I started feeling really good about life again. That’s when I had time to notice that I wasn’t
alone on these paths. I was among ancient travelers, whose spirit is here long after they worshipped
their deities in the shrines that you can find in the rocks, and feasted extravagantly in the grand caves.
Their spirits marvel at we who believe that the ruins of their grand cities were simply formed by the
random forces of ice and sun.
So I invite you in to these images. If you find your own stories there, do share them with me. As an artist
I have a long relationship with each piece of work, I rework the images that I love many times over the
years as my relationship with them deepens, and part of that relationship is what I hear from others
about what they see.
Tim Atkinson is both a photographer and a business executive. He and his wife Helen, singer, author
and PR writer divide their time between New York City and their beautiful Victorian home in Kingston, NY,
which provides a base for Tim’s photographic explorations of the Shawangunk ridge.