Spring Grove Staghorn Sumac
Photomontage, edition 1/15
13 x 20 inches
"I grew up on my grandfather's farm in northern Ohio where I helped in the fields and with the livestock. My other grandfather took me into the woods to hunt and onto the lake to fish. Solitary hours in the fields, woods, and on the lake provided ample opportunity to ponder the beauty and power of nature. The ordered beauty of crop rows and the concentric ripples on water's surface made an impression on me. Coupled with a religious upbringing, my faith embraces the notion of a universe created and sustained by a supreme being. A degree in physics fuels my inquisitive nature and reinforces my astonishment at the intricacies of life and the physical processes that drive our universe."
Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer, living and working in Greater Cincinnati, OH. He holds a B.A. in Physics (1977) from Ohio Northern University and an MS in Radiological Physics (1978) from the University of Cincinnati. He began a serious study of photography, eventually attending workshops in alternative processes with Dan Burkholder and Craig Barber.
"My portraits of trees are photomontages, and by virtue of the process used to create them, can be considered “inverse panoramas”, in that I circumambulate each tree, making many combined images of it through 360º degrees. When I select and emphasize an individual tree, my intention is not only to depict the tree but to cross through a threshold, allowing the viewer to listen and explore and perhaps relate to the central figure in ways not before understood or realized. It is as if one opens a gate into another spiritual realm where time and space are collapsed. I have at times considered these images as from a divine perspective or vantage point. From the perspective of the tree, they also represent a passage of events and time. Why are we drawn so to the tree? Of course it is similar to ourselves in its branching, arterial-like symmetry; but is there another way to appreciate a tree? John Ernest Phythian reminds us that “It is not by pretending the trees to be human that we can become and continue keenly interested in them but by seeing and feeling both their likeness to us and their difference from us.
In the making of these images, I am attracted to the tree by its form, size and setting. Often while driving, I spot a candidate to photograph and debate in my mind if I want to pull over and wade through the wet grass or simply continue home. It is the potential for that next interesting and mysterious print that drives my ambition to collect more images. Another tree for the collection. Another window into creation."