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Artist Profile: Logan Clark ’22

This week Round Table sat down with Logan Clark ’22 to discuss art, photography and where he finds his inspiration. Clark currently has a show on display at Gallery ABBA in downtown Beloit entitled Cloud Jumper.

RT: Logan, Where are you from?

Logan: I’m from Olathe, Kansas. It’s like 30 minutes away from Kansas City, Kansas.

RT: What’s your Major?

Logan: I’m majoring in Spanish and hopefully I can get enough credits for studio art when I’m abroad next year. 

RT: How long have you been doing photography?

Logan: I’ve been doing photography for a really long time because my dad is a photographer. He kind of pushed his passion onto his children, so we were always around cameras and working with cameras. I really started to actually enjoy doing it myself when I was in high school. Outside of school, I was in a program and we did digital photography. We met up once a week in various places in Kansas City and it was really fun.

RT: Do you have any experience with film photography?

Logan: I do. I don’t have a lot of experience with film photography but, that’s the only photography that my dad really knows. So, he tried to teach us that when we were young and, because we were young it kind of left us. I’m trying to get back into film photography. I actually brought a film camera back to campus with me so that I could play around with it before going back. 

RT: What sparked your interest in photography?

Logan: I’ve always been really into art; doing art and making art. Drawing and painting are just not the same as capturing something that’s already there and then making it look just as beautiful out of the camera as it was when you were in the moment. Sometimes it’s hard to get the right light of the moment so you have to go in and edit. It’s just kind of fun recreating that experience or creating a whole new experience altogether. 

RT: What’s the most meaningful part about photography for you?

Logan: Something I really appreciate about photography is its ability to capture the moment but, I know we live in a time where a lot of people are taking out their phones and capturing moments like that and I don’t think of it quite the same as that. I think of it more creatively I guess. Just taking pictures and moving on isn’t what I like to do. I like to take pictures and think about why I’m taking that picture; think about how I can frame it better in-camera. I try to do most of my work on the camera so I don’t have to edit a lot outside the camera, I think it’s about capturing the beauty of the world around us.

RT: What are your favorite things to capture?

Logan: I have always been drawn to nature photography. Recently in my photography class that I was in last semester, I played around with portraiture photography and I really liked that. It goes back to capturing the essence of someone in a photograph and using them in that photograph. Nature is what I’m most comfortable with probably but, I’m working on portraiture.

RT: What is your most recent exhibit Cloud Jumper on?

Logan: In my artist statement I wrote like it’s about the beauty of capturing nature. Something like that. It was very flowery language. I was trying to make it sound cool or whatever. First of all Cloud Jumper was inspired by a final project in photography and it was just like, do whatever you want. I had a lot of different ideas about what I wanted to do. I came to just going out on a kayak one day because we were on Lake Wisconsin for Thanksgiving break. They had a kayak and so I went out with my camera and just focused on taking pictures that I thought were beautiful. I also used objects; I had a blue bottle that I really wanted to capture in images just because I liked the color contrast with the orange rocks and the dark rocks so it all just worked together. So I guess for me it wasn’t just about capturing nature, it was also about interacting with nature in a respectful way which can also be an important thing to talk about in these current days when there are problems with the environment. 

RT: Which is your favorite piece?

Logan: My favorite piece is probably the one that people saw on posters around campus. It’s my favorite one because when the viewers looking at it they can’t tell how I took the photo because of the way it’s set up. But I really liked that aspect about it; that you were looking at it and you had to really focus on it what was happening to figure out what it was because I just took a piece of glass and photographed a piece of glass in between some moss and some rocks and so, it was hard to tell what you were actually looking at. It was more dynamic than just like a simple I know what that photo is and move on. 

RT: What can be most frustrating about photography?

Logan: Not feeling inspired, for me anyway, that’s the most frustrating thing. It took me such a long time to get to Cloud Jumper that by the time I got there I didn’t think Cloud Jumper would be anything spectacular. I really was like, I just needed to get this project done so let’s go. It became much more than that to me but, being inspired by stuff is very hard, figuring out what you want to take photos of. It’s a love and hate relationship because that’s also what I really like about photography. That I can make anything look really cool if I tried hard enough, put enough effort in.

RT: Who’s inspired you the most?

Logan: I really like Ansel Adams actually but, I don’t know much about him. I’ve just seen his photography. He was a nature photographer and did a lot of black and white film work. His prints are now in the dentist’s office and stuff. It’s like that kind of decoration but, looking at it it’s just very inspiring, kind of dark and very inviting in my opinion so I really like it

RT: Are you planning on having another art exhibit in Gallery ABBA?

Logan: We will see if I get anything. I had an idea for a project that is going to take a lot more effort than I had time for and that I have time for but, maybe that will be a summer project that I work on and it might show up in Gallery ABBA. But no promises.

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