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Photography: Tom Myers

Description:

Tom Myers of Lexington, a nature photographer and trained entomologist whose extensive knowledge of insects has enabled him to take exquisite photographs of these creatures, talks about his travels around the globe in search of new subjects to photograph. His extensive collection of work includes photographs of exotic birds, wolves, bears, moose, and the wildlife of Africa. He also talks about a trip to penguin territory in Antarctica.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art.
  • Compare and contrast Myers’ approach to photography to those of other photographers such as Uwe Ommer (from the “Photography” segment on Spectrum of Art) and Dobree Adams (from the “Weaving/Photography” segment on Through Artists’ Eyes).
  • Compare and contrast Myers’ photographs to works by John James Audubon in the Audubon Museum gallery on the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum CD-ROM.
  • Use the segment as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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