Stu Iverson – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #31

November 2014

Stu Iverson

Stu Iverson

For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features photographer Stu Iverson from Pinawa. He has been taking pictures all my life, progressing from a black and white darkroom he built as a teenager to his present digital color “darkroom.”

Iverson’s training and career were in science so only recently in his retirement has he found the time, energy, and opportunity to devote to the serious study of photography including color printing. The combination of digital cameras, which allow easy experimentation, with the internet, which provides an incredible information resource, has allowed him to progress at a rate which would have been unthinkable only twenty years ago.

He shoots mainly nature and landscape scenes from across Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia and the Yukon, and in Manitoba from the southern regions to Churchill. He has also travelled further afield.
He says that his best pictures have a kind of simplicity where the elements in the frame all work together. His style is naturalistic, similar to the pictures found in National Geographic, and he likes the subject of the photo to be the centre of attention without adding distracting styles or techniques.

He states, “Of course, the real world is far from simple. The greatest challenges are to select and fine-tune the view through the lens and then seize the critical moment to click the shutter. The next challenge is translating the digital image into a print on paper while maintaining the impact of the original scene.”
Although he finds inspiration in new and exotic locations, he finds plenty of subjects and inspiration hiking on the Trans-Canada Trail or at Old Pinawa, waiting for the sun to set or the fog to start to clear.
Iverson is also a member of Pinawa Art 211. A collection of his photography will be exhibited for the general public at the Pinawa Art Gallery in the Lewis Centre – November 27, 28, 29 and December 4 and 5, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.