‘Enlightenment’ by Phillip Noll. A spectacular display of light and color over the Grand Canyon during a summer storm. Bright Angel Point, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.
‘The Narrows’ by Monica Noll. The Virgin River winds through the Narrows as the early morning sun lights up the canyon walls. Zion National Park, Utah.
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos photographers Monica and Phillip Noll share a lifelong love of the natural world. Together they search out the spectacular beauty of the outdoors and capture it in breathtaking photographs. Thirty-six of those photographs will be on display at the Substratum Gallery in Durango during the month of June.
The show opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 1 and continues through June 28. The gallery is at 1021 1/2 Main St. in Durango. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Monday and by appointment at 435.225.3650. Visit online at http://www.substratumgallery.com/.
The show, titled “Quadripoint,” explores the common point of four intersecting territories. Consisting of images of the four corners states – New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah – with nine photographs from each, the show also explores other quadripoints – the four seasons, the four directions, earth, water, air, and fire to name a few – the intersections contained in the show are many.
“We want to bring about awareness of these beautiful places, so people will help preserve them for future generations,” Phillip said.
‘Three Leaves’ by Phillip Noll. These three leaves landed in the snow at different times and the sun warmed them and melted the underlying snow to differnt depths. Santa Fe Ski Basin, New Mexico.
‘Aspen White’ by Phillip Noll. Sunlight dances through a thick stand of aspen along Last Dollar Road in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
From intimate portraits of fallen leaves to sweeping panoramas, the Nolls capture many sides of this special region. Three of the images in the show are Monica’s, the remainder Phillip’s. See all the images at http://www.ravenmountain.com/gallery/quadripoint/
The prints in the show are large, up to 24×72 inches. Most are 24×36 inches. They are dry mounted on fiberboard, then a vinyl laminate with a luster finish is heat-pressed to the print. The result is a sleek print with a modern look and they have stunning color and detail. The way they are mounted, the prints appear to “float” in front of the wall. The laminating process also gives the prints water, glare, and smudge resistance as well as durability. They can even be wiped clean with a damp cloth, Phillip said.
Phillip grew up exploring wild places with his family, and from an early age, he did it with a camera in hand. After years of shooting in 35mm film, as well as medium and large format, he went digital when the century turned. Although he has no formal training in photography, years of experimentation have paid off with many recent awards including a “Highly Honored” selection in the prestigious Windland Smith Rice International Awards and a “Semi Finalist” in the Wilderness Forever Competition; both competitions sponsored by Nature’s Best magazine.
‘Blue Abiquiu’ by Phillip Noll. A snag is revealed at low water along the shores of Abiquiu Lake. Still water and a colorful sky made for a wonderful sunset after a long day of photography. Abiquiu, N.M.
Monica grew up with a love of the outdoors, but she didn’t graduate from point and shoot to SLR photography until about 2002. Now she and Phillip share a passion for capturing the perfect image as well as a love of travel and adventure outside.
Phillip and Monica shoot only in “RAW” mode, meaning the in-camera manipulation of the image is at a bare minimum. “Cameras cannot feel awe or experience an incredible sunrise so they can’t make images that relay those emotions to the viewer. That’s where the artist comes in,” Phillip said.
The photographers use programs like Photoshop and Lightroom to “develop” the raw image into one that captures the experience they had when taking the picture, Phillip said.
In addition to their careers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Nolls have second careers in photography. They sell their fine art photographic prints through their website, Raven Mountain Images
. Prints are available on aluminum, as well as canvas wraps, laminated prints, and prints on fine art paper. Large prints of their nature and landscape photography are well-suited to corporate settings (lobbies, conference rooms, and other public areas), but smaller sizes are available for cozier spaces and home decor. They also sell stock images for calendars and magazines and take on assignments, especially those that can make use of their talent for photographing the natural world.
‘Into the Abyss’ by Phillip Noll. Past this point one descends deeper and deeper into color, light, and form in one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth. Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Ariz.