Tree #17

Tree Impressions is a radical departure from my past projects. Grounded in traditional silver processes and transitioning to digital methods, my previous work always depicted images heavily influenced by Group f/64 and later by the New Topographics movement. It was straight photography through and through.

Impressionism was a style of representational art that did not necessarily rely on realistic depictions. Scientific thought at the time was beginning to recognize that what the eye perceived and what the brain understood were two different things. The Impressionists sought to capture the former – the optical effects of light – to convey the passage of time, changes in weather, and other shifts in the atmosphere. This body of works is rooted in a contemporary photo movement coined “Photo Impressionism,” where light becomes the subject matter to emphasize color, form, space, and time relationships.

This series was created using two techniques, making anywhere from 20 to 60 images while walking around the subject, or intentionally panning the camera, then blendingand reworking in Photoshop to create the final image.


John Dotta is Professor of Art and Photography Program Coordinator at Napa Valley MeCollege in Napa, California. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Photography and Deep Ecology from Prescott College. Before joining the faculty at Napa Valley College, he was Associate Professor of Art at Heartland Community College. John has also been adjunct faculty at Chabot College, Foothill College, Sonoma State University and College ...

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