Sutliff Bridge

Sutliff Bridge

Barry Sharp is a photographer from Solon, Iowa.  He was trained at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.  He has fifteen years of experience photographing live national music acts, twelve years of experience in studio photography, and ten years of experience with outdoor/landscape photography.

The artist writes:

"Wanderlust -- it is what drives me to explore the world around me.  I have traveled to 49 of the 50 United States, ironically, leaving our first state -- Delaware -- unchecked off the wanderlust list.  I was motivated to become a photographer to capture the beauty found in the great diversity of the United States while feeding my wanderlust.  As a native Iowan, my goal in photographing in the state of Iowa is to make not only Iowans, but the world aware of the natural beauty found in Iowa.  This is beauty not found at 70 mph along Interstate 80.

My landscape photography incorporates the contrast between sky, earth, and in some cases, water.  Whether capturing the beginning or end of a day, or the transition to a new season, it is a moment often lost in the rush of daily life.  Rarely do I go out to shoot with a specific photograph in mind, rather I let the world I am observing at the moment drive my passion to capture it. 

If I can motivate the viewer to take a moment to reflect on my photography and come away with a greater appreciation of the natural beauty that surround us, then I have achieved my goal."

This photograph, taken in Sutliff, Iowa, shows the Sutliff Bridge after its restoration following the 2008 floods.

Barry Sharp's work can be seen at an upcoming summer exhibition at the beréskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio in Davenport, Iowa.

This page was first displayed
on March 17, 2016

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