Photography & Arts: Picture Perfect
Near the end of his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, with remarkable concision, sums up one of the great ironies of human existence. We live our lives in search of that one object we believe to be “commensurate with [our] capacity for wonder.” Fortunately, for most of us, that “capacity” is larger than any object we might invest with “wonder.” Inevitably, the “new” wears off anything we acquire, and we set our sights on something else. That is what keeps us going.
Photography, I suppose, represents my own personal search for that “object commensurate with [my] capacity for wonder.” Early in life, I was influenced by the great photojournalists whose images seemed to reflect , and make us appreciate anew, the wonders and ironies of human existence– Henri Cartier Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke White, and Robert Capra, to name a few. I’ve been on a quest ever since to capture my own “decisive moments” as well as images that reflect the wonder, beauty, and ironies of our world as I understand and appreciate them.
Here, on display, please find some remnants of the existential journey that has been my life. My life and career have taken some unusual turns and twists, but the one constant has always been an abiding love of photography. In a very real sense, I’ve been wandering through life, trying to create my own reality with a camera. – Words from the featured photographer, Major Edward Palm.
Originally from New Castle, Delaware, Edward F. Palm is a former enlisted Marine, a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Marine officer turned academic (Ph.D., Pennsylvania). He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and Glenville State College and has held dean appointments at Maryville University of St. Louis and Olympic College, in Bremerton, Washington. Palm is also a lifelong serious amateur photographer and an occasional freelance writer who considers photojournalism to be his “road not taken.” He lives in Bremerton, Washington.