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Pete Myers’ photographs embody a stark beauty that can stand as a metaphor for life and death.

While his depictions of desert landscapes, abandoned mining camps and ghost towns emphasize the pictorial wonder of the West, they also clearly spotlight the aura of death that frequents this land.

Ultimately its all about the land and how connect to it. And while you won’t fine a human figure in Myers’ photographs, man’s presence is very evident.

Robert Nott—The New Mexican

“I produce images of nature, capturing them by camera and distilling them in my mind’s eye to create a print that reflects the inner beauty of the original scene,” says Myers. “For that, I have to ‘translate’ the three-dimensional image into a two-dimensional print and bring out the structure and elements of the print to reveal its own beauty, so that the viewer perceives the beauty and not the picture.”

“Perception” comes up frequently in Myers conversation. He is equally concerned with is own perception of a scene at the moment the shutter snaps as with the final print, where the viewer’s perception of beauty is engaged.

Bob Weibel—Photo District News

CRATER LAKE – Every year, a half-million people drive up to the rim overlooking Crater Lake, and most of them snap a couple of photos of the startlingly blue water before turning around and heading on their way.

Working with a Leica camera, a single 35mm lens and black and white film, photographer Pete Myers has been skiing around the rim of the collapsed volcano as winter beings to embrace it, roping up to a tree and leaning over the edge of the caldera that forms the nation’s deepest and clearest Lake.

As one of a series of artists in residence at Crater Lake National Park, Myers is trying to capture the size and geometry of this place that lives in so many family photo albums with an image worthy of the centennial of Oregon’s only National Park.

“How do you come to a place like this and not create a photographic cliché?” said Myers. “For me it’s the geometry of the caldera and the story of the show.”

“I wanted to catch the park at the onset of winter, just when the first snowfalls were coming in,” creating the powdered sugar effect, he said. “When the rocks are still showing through in the caldera, and the powdered sugar is highlighting the geometry of it, that’s the magic moment.”

Jeff Barnard—Associated Press (AP)