Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 11:57AM
Connecting with the natural environment
By Ashlee Hendrix
Craig McCord took a special interest in photography while seeing the magic of the photo develop in a dark room. That passion continues today as he travels around the United States to photograph what he believes are some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world. Some of his favorite landscapes stem from the pacific coast as well as the desert and even some territories closer to Lee’s Summit.
McCord, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., developed his talents while stepping out the backdoor of his family’s home on the lake. His photograph, “Walk to infinity” is meant to portray the spiritual solitude or tranquility of a foggy morning on the dock.
“My objective is to be able to evoke an emotion or feeling with the scenes,” McCord said. “Everyone seems to be able to relate to that idea or feeling.”
A self taught photographer, McCord continues to cultivate his craft by studying the work of others in art as well as photography. “The technical aspect (of photography) is the easy part but developing the artful eye must be exercised.”
A retired military serviceman, McCord is enjoying the freedom to advance his talents with no pressure. “There is something powerfully spiritual and revitalizing about the wilderness which anyone would appreciate, if they would only take the time.”
McCord’s artwork will be on display at Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St., through mid-April. His exhibit is available for viewing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.