Nathrop photographer Dan Downing explores “Slipping the Surly Bonds”
in a 16-piece collection of
aerial photographs on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical
Center through Dec. 31.
“Today, landscapes and micro-landscapes, details of larger scenes,
comprise the lion's share of my work; although, gradually more and
more photographs including people are showing up,” said Downing.
“My goal is to make photographs that are worthy of any collection.
To that end, I endeavor to make each of my photographs perfect, both technically
and aesthetically, and for them to strike a positive emotional chord in
Downing’s photographic journey began when he used to watch his father
develop small photographs in their family kitchen. In 1980, he purchased
a portrait studio and began making a living as a professional photographer.
Soon after, his work gained recognition in Kansas, his home state, and
across the nation.
Downing’s portraits have been included in exhibits at Epcot Center
in Orlando, Florida, and various other locations in the U.S. His portrait
work has also been featured three times in Professional Photographer magazine.
In 1988, he won the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence. The
following year he was honored as the Kansas Day featured artist by the
Kansas House of Representatives at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.
All of his photographs in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent
of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation. This will be the
fourth exhibit this year, which is part of the hospital’s mission
to create a healing environment.
Downing’s work will be included in an artist reception at the Salida
hospital Nov. 5, from 5:30-7 p.m. More of his photography can be viewed at
HRRMC displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas
Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217.