About the Artist
Ira Gardner has been a photographer for over 30 years and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. He has taught photography, multimedia, and documentary video production for over 20 years at Spokane Falls Community College and served as chair of the Applied Visual Arts department for eight years. Ira has also served as chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education and as a member of the board of directors for the Richmond Art Collective and Spokane Film Project.
“This work represents the culmination of the last 30 years of my life experiences. The beginning of my career was spent asking questions with my camera and telling stories about the people and places I got to know. The last several years have been devoted to exploring a way to transcend social and political turmoil by connecting with the natural world and the wisdom it has to offer. My research into Fractal design, Environmental Psychology, Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Dharma art has led me to develop these collections of artwork. Most of these images are made in my own back yard or on my daily commute and are the result of my meditation art practice. I hope you enjoy these images and can share some of the peace and enthusiasm for life that I experienced while making these artworks.”