McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to be hosting San Francisco’s Open Studios artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft on October 22nd and 23rd. In the lead up to the Open Studios weekend, we will be featuring the artists that are showing with us in our blog.
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Bill Lies transplanted himself to San Francisco over three decades ago. Bill received a Bachelor’s of Music at UW-Madison, and then started a career in law by attending USF Law School. After exercising the considerable left brain requirements of that discipline for a number of years, he sought relief by embracing the arts once again in the realm of photography. The “relief” turned into a new passion. Bill launched his first photography website in 1997, and since then his photographs have appeared in international ad campaigns, magazine articles, book covers, travelogues and internal corporate affairs catalogs, as far away as India.
Today his work involves the art of the print and helping transform the natural world into a personal visual reminder of our splendid environment.
ARTIST STATEMENT – THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING
I believe that the photographic print is the creation of beauty. In the tonal range of the print, I work so that the very best light is rich enough to make a thing beautiful, whether a lonely rock, a face, or mountains, waves and skies. As Emerson said, “[t]he eye is the best of artists. By the mutual action of its structure and of the laws of light, perspective is produced, which integrates every mass of objects, of what character soever, into a well colored and shaded globe, so that where the particular objects are mean and unaffecting, the landscape which they compose, is round and symmetrical. And as the eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath, like space and time, make all matter gay. Even the corpse has its own beauty.”
It takes talent to identify tonal trends of an image, and even more so to identify how to apply the laws of light in a print. An image reads entirely differently when printed than it does when viewed on our mobile and DT screens. We still cannot reproduce the stunning visual world that we see with our eyes, but we are getting closer in the digital age. There is nothing more exquisite than holding in one’s hands a well printed image made on fine paper. It is indeed the “performance” of all the eye and image have undergone, as Adams so famously remarked.