Guest Artist – Photographer George Neece
I am thrilled to welcome my father and his work as a guest artist on my website. He and my mother are life-long photography enthusiasts. They gave me a great gift to grow up surrounded by cameras, a darkroom, and great photographs. I wasn’t even aware of how lucky I was until a friend looking through some of my childhood pictures said to me, “You do realize, don’t you, that most people don’t have baby pictures like these?”
Upon retirement, my parents have both been working nearly full time on photography projects. I hope to feature my mother’s “Water Reflections” series here soon. The photos you see here are part of my father’s first public photo exhibit. His beautiful prints were in Roxboro, NC, during the month of November. Other exhibit venues are in the works, and I will keep you posted about the details.
Prints will go on sale soon.
More about George Neece
In his own words:
Artist’s Statement: There are just under 500 species of birds recorded in the North Carolina checklist of birds. Moreover, males, females, and juveniles of many of these species are very different in color. Winter and summer plumages can also be very different. Thus, an exhibit limited by space to 30 or 40 bird images can at best represent a very small sample of the birds which can be observed throughout a year in our wonderful state, even if you devote your entire life to seeing and photographing them. I started my pleasurable hobby of observing birds [too] late in life. There was so much to see, so much to learn that I missed while being employed at unpleasurable tasks. I hope that this exhibit will inspire others to enjoy these marvelous creatures.
Biography: I spent most of my life employed as a scientist, studying theoretical aspects of physical chemistry. I hold a doctorate in that field. My more exciting times began when I married my wonderful wife who owned a better camera than I in 1962; the camera was not the reason for our marriage. We discovered and photographed wildflowers in the gorges around Ithaca, NY where we were both doing postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in 1967 and 1968. Thus began my attempts at wildlife photography. My photographer hero was Ansel Adams whom I met in the Washington, DC area. He was my inspiration for the art of photography but not for studying wildlife. Wildflowers have been a passion of mine for over 50 years. I coauthored a paper on the discovery of a species of trilliums when I was teaching chemistry at the University of Georgia. I began photographing wildflowers around Lake Gaston and other parts of North Carolina about twenty years ago. My amateur interests in learning about birds and then photographing them began about four years ago when I started “birding” with my friend, Colonel Paul Scharf, a true (and published!) expert on birds.