William Roeser
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Bill Roeser

“Solitude”

“Being consciously in solitude for some time is necessary in life so as to establish a better understanding with our own selves.” (Din)

At an early age, I found the need to stray from the routine of life and to spend time in the woods by myself.  I was fortunate to spend many of my childhood years growing up at Lake Tahoe.  It was a place where you could find Solitude without much effort and I was young with few commitments.  I learned early the necessity and benefits of spending time alone, particularly in a natural setting.  It’s not so easy today.  The pace of “living” with connected technology is all-consuming.  It’s hard to turn it off without feeling like you are abdicating your responsibilities.  And then there’s work; deadlines, meetings, and the stress of an ever increasing demand curve.

The need for finding Solitude is more important today than at any time, at least for me. My photography is really a byproduct of my search for Solitude.  The camera requires me to pay attention to what’s around me, looking for the beauty in composition, finding the light that presents nature in its most beautiful form.  It consumes me, and my mind can only absorb what I am experiencing at the moment.  I cannot think or even entertain other thoughts.   I become part of the natural world.  Minutes become hours and I am refreshed in the process.  The experiences always remind me of what’s important.  I am grateful for the connected experience with myself and my God and look forward to my next outing.  My photographs remind me of those experiences and I am moved emotionally by them.

“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”  (Henry David Thoreau)

I received my first camera when I was eleven years old; an Argus 126 film format.  I was hooked from the start and continued my interest through high school and college.  My parents’ basement became my darkroom.  Chemicals and equipment filled the space and my love for development of the image began.  There are equal moments of Solitude in the development process, whether that be in my parents’ basement as a young adult or now on my Mac with photo editing software.  Finding yourself immersed in the development of an image is as powerful as being there.  My photography is focused on landscapes and natural subjects and generally have no sign of human disturbance.

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation…”  (C.S. Lewis)

Bill’s fine art images have been purchased by many collectors and enthusiasts and hang in distinguished homes and offices around the United States and Canada. 

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