Frank G Cornish, Photographer
I cannot create art from pencil, pen, or brush. But beauty, form, figures, shapes, and abstracts flash before us every day, everywhere. These features are often overlooked in our busy daily lives. I capture a few of these moments that may not ever repeat themselves. My personal fascination is the natural abstracts that occur in water, glass, etc. I could say that Monet’s ponds and gardens at Giverny are the inspiration, but truly I am inspired by all that surrounds me and artists that capture that “stop and smell the roses moment”. So I am “Looking just a little closer at what we all see every day.” My photography, as my life, has been inspired, nurtured, developed by several individuals along the way. My journey in photography began when my Mom gave me her black Kodak Brownie box camera with a roll 12 pics of black and white. In high school I shot for the yearbook, but was not stellar. Actually, the best photo out of my camera came during a football practice when one of the players (Jim Rudd) asked to shoot a photo. He lay on the ground and shot uphill at his cohorts with the late afternoon sun coming through the legs of the center. It was best photo in the yearbook. He showed great natural talent at seeing. I learn from everyone. I shot my own geological thesis and developed all the photos. I really liked manipulating the image. My good friend Jon Herber was my inspiration. Thinking outside the box, he would throw bad slides into a frying pan and then we would project them to see what psychedelic things might have happened. Thanks, Jon. In the seventies photography was part of the Journalism dept. in college. After I graduated, I took Journalism in Midland College to use the darkroom. What great fun. I started using Kodak high contrast film in 2 x 2 form and created my own images with collages of other negatives. I even got my first cover photo on Midland College magazine showing footprints in the sand hills south of Crane, Tx. I had a photo buddy there that was also an inspiration. He became a pro. In the 80’s I tried a writing career and sent photos and copy to Texas Highways. They and Texas Parks and Wildlife published me, but the one photograph of the ruins of the Presidio de San Saba paid more than the writing. You can make money at this? Don’t give up your day job yet. Meanwhile through the years, I continued shooting slide film and wondered if digital would ever be worth it. On a trip to Chicago, my friend Owen Hopkins who always gave me credit for what he was doing with geology and children, inspired me to buy my firs Sony Cybershot with a 200 mm Zeiss lens. So Owen you were the catalyst that brought me back to photography through all those years. I wish you were here to see what you did. With that camera I started an annual photo calendar as gifts for clients, then friends. Those friends have encouraged me to get involve with the Art Center of Corpus Christi. A friend had me shoot a photo in Hawaii. My wife had me show it at the Art Center. I liked it but didn’t think it was a show piece. A “Best of Show” award made me realize that what I like isn’t necessarily what everyone else likes. There is always that emotional tug that makes something special, that touches some piece of our memory or that brings us back to childhood. That voyage has taken me to the Guild of Fine Art photography. What a great group of people that “see” so much that I walk by every day. Ed Portis, our guide and zen photographer, says it best, “fin art is expressive os something emotionally meaningful”. Thanks Ed for your venue and leadership. Art, beauty, design, color, is all around us. As photographers we try to capture those images that zip by us all in our everyday lives, stop the action so you can share in the emotional thrill that we present to you. Hope you get as much from this as I do.