A lifetime passion for photography and chronicling of America's changing landscapes has resulted in a phenomenal collection of black-and-white photographs, taken by Neal Johnston with a classic large format camera. His work is on display at the Creative Arts Center Gallery in Burbank.
Johnston blends themes — outdoor nudes, landscapes and old wood — producing them the old-fashioned way, without digital tricks or technological enhancements. He produces his art with a gifted eye for composition, texture, geometry and a love of nature, finding as much beauty in decomposition of wooden structures as in the female form. Johnston brilliantly merges his themes, composing landscape scenes with female nudes, blending flawlessly nature's beautiful subjects.
Johnston is a qualified competitor with the black-and-white reclining nudes painted by Jean Jacques Henner, the last headmaster of the iconic French Academy of Art in the late 19th century. Henner also composed nudes and nature, although he loaded them with symbolism, which has become more important in art by the 21st century than the art itself.