Steve Walag – Guest Speaker – November 1, 2017

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Our guest speaker for November will be Steve Walag.  After graduating from UCR in 1973 with a degree in English literature, Steve fully intended to become a writer; instead, he got hooked on photography.  Steve has enjoyed a varied career, including work as a photojournalist, public relations photographer, architectural photographer, campus photographer (at UCR and RCC) and photography instructor. His work has been shown in galleries in Redlands and Riverside. Now semi-retired, he is dedicating more time to his own artmaking journey, which now includes experimentation with pastels along with photography.

For many years, he has been influenced by painters, particularly Japanese artists of the 1800s and 1900s. Since 2014, Steve has been working on a series of florals that are soft, shadowless and low-contrast, with neutral backgrounds; these are often mistaken for watercolors and emulate the traditional Japanese style.  He will talk to us about how he uses photography to stylize images and make them look like Japanese paintings. He will cover the genesis and evolution of his series of prints, with emphasis on his underlying theme: “Never Say Never”, and how the most far-fetched ideas can turn out truly wonderful when realized.

Steve Walag

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