Steve Crowningshield — Environmental Sculptor

About Steve Crowningshield and his art

creating environmental sculpture

OTHER OCCUPATIONS:

Musician, Poet, Craftsman, Farmer, & Sawyer

CAMERA:

Canon D50

FAVORITE SUBJECTS:

Nature, Rock Balancing

HOMETOWN:

Mendocino, CA

PERSONAL MOTTO:

“Speak your truth, live your word.”


 

EVOLUTION

One day my friend Brian gathered some rocks and made an interesting stack. It was tall, four or five rocks high. I tried to make one too. The intensity and concentration required in locating the rocks and ultimately finding that position in which they’re elegantly balancing, then capturing that moment forever in a photo. I was hooked.

We went to a beach that had lots of rocks; I’d brought my little Olympus point and shoot digital camera. That day I came home with a photo that I believed other people would want to see. I have continued balancing rocks in interesting places and photographed them ever since, a three piece cantilever has become my standard.

While I’m creating an environmental sculpture photo I like to include as many of the natural elements of the area as possible. I also generally work with resources found on site. With several interesting rocks, creative perspective and a camera, I can capture an image that betrays the eye.
“How big are those rocks anyway...”






ART PHILOSOPHY:

creating environmental sculpture

to find the balance
between what is
and what can be

ART OBJECTIVE:

to find and nurture
that part of us
that is connected
to all that is
and express
without limit
what it is
to be
who we are

ART FORM:

the use of creative energy
in the form of passion
embodied in a medium
that is expressive
and makes available to the viewer
-that passion

ART PROCESS:

remember that the art is the creative process as much as the photo itself
each piece is the result of knowing what the camera sees beyond the eye
finding and studying rocks, channeling the energy to find balance
seeing the desired perspective
and then capturing that moment in time