Art as keeper of memory

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Fancying myself as a nature and travel photographer, I never get enough of either. When traveling, I usually have my camera at hand looking for interesting subjects to document our experience. Most of the time these just end up making good visual memories. Occasionally a nice piece of art is the result.

This image fits the first, bringing back a memory of a nice meal on the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. Drawn to the bright flowers at first, I then tried to work the bike into the scene. The blue water and beautiful structure of the bridge followed and the old wooden bench finished out the composition.

Normally I work to simplify the subject as much as possible. Sometimes a broad picture and more components come together to tell a complete story and memory.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.

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