Right Brain, Todd Powell
February 7, 2008
After more than 10 years shooting photos for publication in magazines and advertisements in Summit County, Todd Powell began to pay attention to his art, for art’s sake.
Sept. 11 forced the photographer to look into new ways to make a living, and he started with art shows. When he began putting his work together for this purpose, he said he found patterns emerging.
In his photos of traditional landscapes, adventure sports and more avante-garde work using varying photo techniques, Powell found themes of silhouettes, shadows, sun shots and alternative crops.
He describes his sports adventure photography as “iconic and anonymous,” allowing a greater connection with audiences.
“It’s really important to come up with a point of view,” Powell said.
An arduous schedule of art shows led the photographer to the next opportunity that arose at Copper Mountain in 2003. A high-profile location had opened up suddenly and Copper wanted a portion of the space to showcase Powell’s work. He was able to quickly move his mobile art show in.
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This would eventually lead to a more convenient gallery space for Powell in Frisco.
In his current gallery on Main Street, open now for a year and a half, Powell said he does the same as he used to in the art booth ” work.
He does editing and printing along with matting and framing in the studio, along with the help of his wife Tracy.
He’s currently working on large pieces ” in the 10-foot range ” which he produces by scanning film into the computer. He calls it a hybrid form of photography.
Starting Saturday with a reception from 4-6 p.m., images from Powell’s “Winter Blues” collection will be on exhibit at the Breckenridge Theatre gallery.
To continue on my current path, creating compelling new work, and sharing it with others through the rest of my life.
A sense of connection to the natural world and people … It is very fulfilling when folks describe to me how my images have inspired them.
The grandeur and subtlety of the natural world and the unique ways that people enjoy it.
Developing a unique point of view for my photography. Mastering the tools, breaking the rules and continued experimentation.
Making an emotional connection with so many people through my images. That I have been able to thrive as a visual artist for 25 years.
Interacting with other artists and spending time outdoors.
Telemark skiing, cycling, enjoying my wife and friends.
– Type of art: Photography
– Personality: Extrovert / Introvert: Extrovert
– Hours per week dedicated to art: Most of them.
– Favorite artist/mentor: Van Gogh
– Sensitivity: 1-10 , 10 being highest: 10
– Artist website: http://www.toddpowell.com