Walter and Peggy Cracknell
by Beverley Williams
(Bethany, Ont. Canada)
Walter and Peggy have been involved with Photography for over 40 years. Both have worked with traditional film in the past, having owned their own studio and lab. More recently they have transitioned into the digital world which has opened up a wider palette to express their varied interests.
Walter has taught photography at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay Ontario through the Continuing Education Department and has been a guest speaker and judge at many Horticultural and Photographic Societies. Having photographed people for most of his career, Walter has always looked for the inner person to bring his portraits to life, he continues this theme by looking for the soul of his landscapes. Walter has been influenced by Ansel Adams, who once said “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” And “A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into”. Both of these quotes express how Walter looks for his subject and then how it is handled at the time of Printing. Walter studied Art for 3 years under Elizabeth Trott in Thornhill Ontario
Peggy’s interest in photography started at a young age with her father’s camera, being raised on a farm she has a deep affinity for two of nature’s main elements, Water and Rocks, and these are the main interests of her works. Peggy’s excellent eye for colour and composition make her an accomplished photographer and it follows through in her printed pieces.
Walter and Peggy’s works have been shown in Oxford Nova Scotia, Williams Design Studio in Bethany Ontario, Studio, Studio 203 Toronto Ontario, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Collingwood Ontario, Lindsay Art Gallery Lindsay Ontario, and in The Blue Tomato Gallery Peterborough Ontario.
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