Exhibition: August 25 - October 15
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2, 4:00 p.m., Burling Gallery
“Nature photography is my passion,” says Ken Saunders II, who retired from a long career with the College’s Facilities Management in 2015. Looking at his photographs, one is compelled to add that nature photography is also his forte. Ken’s striking photographs show us nature at its most beautiful. His favorite subjects are individual animals and plants, captured in their natural habitat at rest or in motion, with close-up or telephoto lens.
All of the photographs in this exhibit, titled “Portraits of Nature in Iowa,” were taken within 40 miles of Grinnell. It may surprise some viewers that this diversity of wildlife can be found so close to our community. Ken could perhaps agree with Henry David Thoreau’s statement -- “What’s the need of visiting far-off mountains and bogs if a half-hour’s walk will carry me into such wildness and novelty?” -- though in fact he also photographs in other parts of the country, especially in the mountain west.
Ken recalls getting his first camera – a Kodak 104 Instamatic, which retailed for $15.95 – when he was about seven years old. Many years later he advanced to a 35mm film single-lens reflex camera, a Pentax, and then in 2003 began experimenting with digital photography. He got his first digital single-lens reflex camera in 2006, a Nikon D200, and has been working in this vein ever since.
The Center for Prairie Studies is pleased to co-sponsor this exhibit of Ken’s photography with Faulconer Gallery. The exhibit is displayed in Burling Gallery and will run from August 25 to October 15. An opening reception will take place at Burling Library Gallery (lower level) on Friday, September 2, at 4:00.