VACAVILLE — Curt Tyner’s photographic subjects run the gamut – from Alaskan glaciers to lions in Africa and vineyards in the Suisun Valley to the waters of Greece.
“When I shoot pictures, I want to raise something in someone,” said the travelographer, whose work will be on display at the Vacaville Art League Gallery. “I am not the kind of photographer who shoots 15 photos of one thing.”
His motto: “The big picture is not always the best picture.” Case in point: A picture of a cheetah he shot at a distance. He was able to pull a print with the animal as the dominant subject.
Tyner has also learned to have patience. He had to stand still for nearly 25 minutes to capture a shot of an adult elephant teaching a baby pachyderm to dig for minerals in the ground. It was worth it, he said.
On Wednesday, Tyner was helping arrange the exhibit. The goal was to unify a wide variety of subjects. Two photos had already been hung in the entryway, ones he thought might catch visitors’ eyes right away.
This is his second exhibit at the gallery.
“Places like this are very important,” he said. “This is one of the avenues we have. This is a good place to bring the family and kids. This is real. This is human.”
Most of the 40-plus pictures that will be on display through Feb. 23 were captured with a digital camera. A few were done with film.
Much of the show will focus on photos taken from his trip to Africa in 2011. Last year it was Croatia and Italy. He’s still processing those photos.
Despite all his globetrotting, Tyner said there are still several places on his want-to-visit list.
“I would like to go to Antarctica and see the penguins and spend some time there,” he said.
The Sahara dunes and the Amazon rainforest are also destinations he dreams of visiting.
“I could go on for days,” he said.
Tyner started shooting landscape photos almost 40 years ago. A backpacking trip to Alaska shifted his focus to animals.
Visiting Africa has also been a moving experience for him. As he watched elephants and lions interact, Tyner said he came to understand that “survival there is 24 hours a day. Africa gives you a total perspective,” he said.
He finds it difficult to choose a favorite photo. Many were his favorite at the time he snapped the picture. “My all-time favorite I probably haven’t shot it yet,” he said. “It’s come and gone a few times.”
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