When a sculpture project turned out to be more than Jim White could chisel away at in the time constraints of the Logan County Art League’s “Not So Bad Art by Good People” fundraiser, he turned to his tried-and-true art of photography.
Jim White of the Piatt Castles, shown above chiseling a piece of limestone in a summer 2014 event at the castles, took a photo of the Piatt Castle Mac-O-Chee under starlight, HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO, for his entry in the Logan County Art League’s “Not So Bad Art by Good People” fundraiser. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
“I started with a Brownie box in 1955 and have been taking photos ever since,” Jim White, vice president and director of operations of Piatt Castles said of his work that shows Castle Mac-O-Chee beneath a starry sky.
“A lot of my photography has been work related, but I still manage a little time for personal stuff. I have always focused on the natural world, where I find endless beauty and inspiration. A long time astronomy student, that night I was trying, unsuccessfully, to capture the Perseids meteor shower over the Castle. This photo was a lucky miss.”
The photo was a 15-minute exposure taken on a Canon digital camera at an aperture of 8 millimeters, Mr. White explained.
“I have no formal training in photography, or any other art. I studied math and philosophy in college, and then worked as a production potter, restoration carpenter, and in computer building/repair before coming to Piatt Castles,” he said.
“An invitation to participate was sent to the Castles. Margaret (Piatt) is too busy with her teaching duties to take part, but I thought I had some time and that it might be fun. I’ve become an amateur stone carver at the castles and I was hoping to have time to carve a piece of limestone. Unfortunately, the castles intervened and I had no time to get to that idea, but I had promised to take part, so I came up with the photo.”
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