Photographer Otis Harville

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with photographer Otis Harville, who discusses his digital fine art imagery, his Four Pillars of Artistic Process, and traveling and photographing in various national and state parks across the country. An award-winning photographer with a passion for creating fine art imagery, Otis Harville is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan who currently resides in Carmel, Indiana. He graduated with his first degree from Wayne State University. It was while finishing his studies at Indiana University Bloomington that this art form became his passion.


A digital fine art photograph is an image that is both artistically inspired and technically excellent. One without the other isn’t enough. Technique without art is flat and uninviting, while art without good technique prevents the viewer from truly enjoying and appreciating the work. For me, a work of art is primarily the product of a person, not a machine. My goal is not to document the world we all have access to. Instead, my images are intended to be seen as a representation of my creativity, artistic intent, vision and desire to create a unique world as I transform light into fine art photographic prints.

My view is that fine art photography goes beyond simple reality. It requires the artist to be inspired to a vision beyond the simplicity of the image captured by the camera. By accessing my Four Pillars of Artistic Process, the integration of Inspiration and Creativity helps provide the Vision. This expressed vision paves the way for me to achieve a Personal Style that concentrates on landscape and outdoor photography. By going beyond simple reality, I aim to better serve the subject and to accurately represent my emotions by reflecting them in the image; not merely producing a straightforward representation of the world as it appears to most. For me, photography is a satisfying blend of creativity, intellectual challenge, and craftsmanship in the service of creating my memories of these environments.

My approach to every scene has the same goal: utilize colors, tones, contrast, and a calibrated workflow to convey my emotions. By doing this, I create memories of moments of serene beauty and then preserve them with museum quality archival materials. Simply said, I consider digital photography to be an art form with three parts: Photography, Creative Imagination, Archival Printing.

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