"Welcome!" to Sue Clark's fine art photography website, and, it's about time you found me! Click on any picture in the galleries, to open and enlarge that photo. You will see I have a soft spot for American Western and equine subjects, but also capture other exceptional subjects, such as my "Valley of the Dolls" body of work, showcasing the world of dolls and mannequins found at county fairs, antique shops and junked on the side of a road. Somebody used to love that doll...
View my event listing, then come say "Hello!" to any of the listed events/artist receptions. I would love to see you.
Also, please consider signing my guest book. To do so, look over to the left, click on Sign My Guest Book, and start writing! It is that simple. Don't forget to tell us about what YOU do, how to find your website, if you have one. If you liked a particular photo of mine in the Gallery, let me know!
Many of the Old West characters you see on this website were shot on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. They live and breath the history of Cochise County's most famous town. And yep, they are packin' heat. Stop in to any of the historic saloons, but be prepared to hand over your weapons. At night, when Tombstone closes up, go out to the outskirts of town, look up at the twinkling stars, and listen to the wind blow. You might even catch a coyote chorus. Now that's what's called the Spirit of the Old West.
For a long time, I have been acutely aware of the relationship, through the camera lens, of light, subject, and background, and the delicate dance it takes to produce a masterpiece in photography. I became intrigued by the layering that makes great composition in photography, when I became a fan of the great 1941 black and white film classic, "How Green Was My Valley," directed by John Ford. This movie was about a Welsh mining town, the Morgan family, and the impact of the progression of the Industrial Age on their lives. Shot in black and white, every frame in that movie shows perfect composition. From foreground to background, everything worked. The use of light was particularly sublime in this classic. The cinematography in this film gem still fascinates me, and certainly is a benchmark for what is possible in film. The movie won an Academy Award for best B/W cinematography, (courtesy of Arthur Miller,) which is indicative of how great the visuals were, and still are, to this day.
I see, that my goal as a photographer, lucky me, is to not settle for anything less, than what inspires my passion - finding the astoundingly simple beauty that is present in life, everyday.
I know you will enjoy my website, so go ahead and look around. Feel free to keep checking in to my events calendar, and blog. I promise to update it regularly, unless I am kidnapped by aliens. Then I have to do a photo series... might take a while...
Look for our favorite activity - the artist "meet and greet" reception dates! Who doesn't like a free bite to eat, seeing friends, and meeting celebrities (me, among others.) Be the FIRST on your block to say you attended an artist reception! Remember the story of the Farmer and the Art Teacher? They are still going strong! Their first date was at one of my artist receptions. Farmer had never been to an artist reception, and low and behold, he enjoyed himself! Other reception goers have been straight about it, and told me that they make artists receptions a regular part of their feeding schedule. Smart... Still others go and purchase / add one piece of artwork, per show, to their own art collection.
So, whatever the reason, grab a group, and come to any of the artist receptions you see announced on my website. Have a good time, and come as you are!
My website has a "Sign My Guest Book" comment section - Scroll down the home page, and look for Sign Guest Book on the left. Click on it to add a comment. I would LOVE to hear from you!
I will be out and about with the camera...Hope that rattlesnake moves before I discover it under my foot!
Found quotes to astound, amuse and adopt.
"EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE, WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE." Ted Turner
"ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE." Pablo Picasso
"A GOOD SNAPSHOT STOPS A MOMENT FROM RUNNING AWAY." Pulitzer prize winner and photographer of Depression era photographs- "One Time, One Place." - by Eudura Alice Welty (1909-2001)
"When you take a flower in your hand, and really look at it, it's your world at the moment. I want to give that world to someone else." Georgia O'Keeffe - Painter, Wanderer of Ghost Ranch Country - Abiquiu, New Mexico (1887-1986)
"THE STARS SEEMED NEAR ENOUGH TO TOUCH AND NEVER BEFORE HAD I SEEN SO MANY. I ALWAYS BELIEVED THE LURE OF FLYING IS THE LURE OF BEAUTY, BUT I WAS SURE OF IT THAT NIGHT." Amelia Earhart
"And at the end of the day, I stopped by the side of the road pausing time, taking in the spectacle of loneliness in all its sun setting beauty. Sounds of coyotes fill the distance between the past and now. The land made love to my heart again and again, until I began to cry, and at that moment I realized how great it was to be alive." "The New Day" (author unknown.)
"In the brightest of moonbeams, in the rustling of the trees, in the blooming of flowers, in the sweetest kind of dreams, her love lives on in the most beautiful places you can imagine." Grace
The LAKOTA FOUR DIRECTIONS -
NORTH (red) is the way of Courage to face the future.
EAST (yellow) is the path of Wisdom.
SOUTH (white) is a reminder to be generous.
WEST ( black) is the place of quiet respect.
Sue's Thought for the Day: When enjoying the great outdoors, remember the Photographers Motto: If you and your friend come across a grizzly bear, you don't have to outrun the grizzly bear, you just have to outrun your friend.
"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." - Aristotle
1/2013- "When you talk, you repeat what you already know. When you listen, you often learn something." Jared Sparks
3/13- "If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done." Author unknown
4/13- "Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself. Author unknown
4/13- "Not all who wander are lost." Author unknown
12/13 - "The holiest of holidays are those, kept by ourselves in silence and apart, the secret anniversaries of the heart." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1/14 - "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. " Albert Einstein
7/12/2015 - APACHE WEDDING POEM
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth. Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
"The Carver and the Photographer; Kindred Spirits" Art Show - Fall - 2010
Carver Johnny Thorpe and Photographer Sue Clark.
*Johnny Thorpes hand carved and stained totem poles and table tops.
* Sue Clarks American Western, Equine, and Northwest Alaskan photography.
*It was an honor to show my photography with Mr. Johnny Thorpes work.
RIP my friend.
Johnny Thorpe: The Man, The Myth, The Legend.
8/1/35 - 10/27/15
Show closed November 20th, 2010.
to all that attended. We had some very special visitors to the show, including our Native American friends the Bruchacs, and Mohawk Educational Spokesperson Kay Olan, from The Ndakinna Education Center of Greenfield Center; Director and Founder of the Adirondack Folk School - James Mandle, Director Todd DeGarmo of the Center for Folklife, History and Cultural Programs of the Crandall Public Library, Town of Charlton Supervisor Alan Grattige, Charlton Historical Society President Deb Herrin, Charlton Town Historian Laura Linder, and many others, including close friends, and those that came just to appreciate the show. This is the first time Johnny's extraordinary wood carving talent was showcased in a "gallery" setting. His carvings are located all over the Adirondacks, and also in the Southwest, where he owned numerous trading posts. His work is admired by many wood carvers. He continues to carve every summer. World renowned Alaskan native totem carver Tommy Joseph,(Sitka, AK,) after virtually viewing Johnny's totem carvings in this show, commented that he someday wants to come to New York to meet Johnny, and view his work personally. The town officers of Charlton came to visit the show, due in part to recently becoming aware that Johnny is a part of their town history. You see, JT was a horse farrier also at one time, serving many of the Adirondack Lake Luzurne dude ranches in their tourist hay day - (1950's.) He began to specialize in horses with special horseshoe needs. This brought him to the Charlton, NY area, where he serviced many farms. Johnny was farrier for a period, to a very famous Saratoga Harness Track record holder and Saratoga Hall of Fame trotter, "Victory Lind." This record holding horse was stabled at the Corbins Farm, in Charlton, in the 60's. Victory Lind broke so many records, he was eventually inducted into Saratoga Harness Track Hall of fame, in '2002. The Corbins could afford the very best care for their horses, and chose Johnny to shoe Victory Lind in the 1960's.
JT never ceases to amaze me with his list of "been there, done that." He is of Sac-Fox native heritage, and creates beautiful reproductions of Indians artifacts. He also is a wood carver of Northwest design totem poles, and has been an honored guest at numerous pow-wows in the area. He is also a member of the elite National Trappers Hall of Fame, after putting up record breaking numbers of furs, from the bogs of Canada, the deserts of the Southwest, the Adirondacks, and land in between. He has written several books, and is treated as a celebrity at trapping conventions, with fans often seeking autographs, and a personal word with him. To hang with JT, has been an exercise in watching and listening. No one can hold a candle to the life experiences that that man has had. I am honored to be associated with him, and to be authentically accepted by him, as a "best friend." I also vote him the "Coolest Cat" in the Adirondacks.
Please venture over to the events calendar, to see WHAT'S NEXT.