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Howard Armstrong
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The Reverend Howard D. Armstrong, a man and a vision unmatched in recent memory, has recently compiled a collection of his interpretations of the nature of Yosemite that has placed him on a new level in the world of fine art. His photographs transcend the paper and the image into a realm previously unexplored, turning your conceptions of nature upside-down as his poetic images melt away the cold impressions of the wilderness and replace them with the beauty of his work. Adding to his brilliance is the interplay between his Hispanic character and his natural images. A sense of respect for ancient times, when all people knelt in awe at the force and elegance of mountains and the sky and the earth, exudes his paintings and is instilled in our mind as we gaze at his interpretation of nature. Increasing this feeling, is the beauty and quality of the picture itself, surpassed only by the actual image due to the unique process used to produce it. The dye transfer method gives Armstrong the liberty of capturing breathtaking contrasts and images knowing that the viewer will be able to experience the same clarity and magnificence as he.

One dares to call him a poet, not a mere photographer or artist, as his visions are fluid and strike a chord, previously unheard, providing a resonance that steals our imagination and captures our consciousness, momentarily transforming our existence into a dream world where colors flow forming images of such pristine beauty that one forgets he is looking at a picture and believes he is simply an extension of nature. The life-like qualities of the images belie the imagination and astound one when he remembers it is only an image. Yet, regardless of that fact, the soul yearn to mesh with the colors blending in with its heritage and becoming one with the natural world. His revolutionary technique and breathtaking contrasts permit him to allow his perspective to influence the image and yet still be able to expose the simplicity of his subjects interwoven with their transcendental beauty.

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