Terry Cockerham: UNDESOLATE – reception July 14 in Irving

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Images of the Big Bend and Other Vast Spaces

Photography Exhibition on view 30 June 2019 – 26 July 2019
RECEPTION 14 July 2019 2:00 – 4:00 PM
free and open to the public

West Gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX 75061
Sponsored by the Irving Art Association

About the Photographer: Terry Cockerham

While Terry was in the military, he took up photography as a hobby. After leaving the military and refining his skills, he then worked for five years at UT Southwestern Medical School as a medical photojournalist during the day while simultaneously teaching photography classes for adults in the evening at one of the local junior colleges. Terry also took on medical illustration for a time as his vocation. Mr. Cockerham now works as a free-lance photographer, and focuses on art photography.

For more about Terry and to view portfolios of his work, see his website http://www.terrycockerhamphotography.com/

Big Bend Photo Project

In 2002, I made my first trip to the Big Bend National Park. When I drove into and around the park on that first day, I knew I was hooked. There was no traffic. There was no noise. There was a mountain range completely within the boundary of the 800,000 acre park with a high point of 7,825 feet. The Chihuahuan desert surrounds the mountains, and the Rio Grande river forms the border with Mexico.

I have always appreciated the style of photos created by Ansel Adams in Yosemite. I knew this place could be my Yosemite. Once I started photographing Big Bend, I promised myself to keep my focus on the three things that Ansel Adams did to create his incredible images.

The three things are:

  1. Pre-visualize the image before you take the shot.
  2. Keep the image as sharp as the lens and camera will allow.
  3. Make the selected paper prints in black and white (the style of Ansel Adams and others from that period).

After each visit in the past 17 years, I tell myself that I have covered everything that the park has to offer, but that is truly an impossible task. Every day, every hour, every minute something changes in the park, and I have still yet to explore the park in winter. I keep thinking that I will get to that “last visit” sometime in the near future.

Final Note: Big Bend has been a project that keeps me going, but as time goes by I have to move into other areas I have yet to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to take photographs in a number of locations, including the mountains and deserts in Utah and New Mexico, but there is always more…
much… much… more.