Our Town: Local photographer learns new language of artmaking

According to Ed Holmes, the creative voice is present within all of us.

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:51pm
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(Courtesy Photo) Island photographer Ed Holmes

(Courtesy Photo) Island photographer Ed Holmes

Note: The Beachcomber partners with Vashon Island Visual Artists (ViVA) to publish regular profiles of members of Vashon’s vibrant visual arts scene. Below, we hear from photographer Ed Holmes, in his own words, about his work and what inspires it.

The creative voice is present within all of us.

It is just a matter of finding ways to unlock, dislodge, access and give form to that spirit. For me, it is visual. For as long as I can remember, I had a camera. Later in life, I attended many seminars and workshops,set up a darkroom in my house, developed film and enjoyed printing my own work. That was another era. As I celebrate my 50th year on Vashon, I’m reflecting on all the changes I’ve seen and experienced both here and in Latin America.

I have always been drawn to the old and crumbly, the hidden chamber, the newly-discovered archeological wonder, the visual reminders of how life was in another era — not better, just different.

As the COVID era has clamped down on usual patterns of behavior, I have not made my yearly trips to South America. Instead, I have focused on learning another language, picking up my guitar and exploring etching, stippling and more “hands-on” art. In that vein, the accompanying photo is an example of play in an unfamiliar venue — flowers frozen in different liquid mediums.

You can only influence the outcome, not control it. Doesn’t that sound like life? — Ed Holmes

To find out more about ViVA, including its program, “ViVA Art by Appointment: Your Personal Path to Island Artists,” visit vivartists.com or pick up a copy of a brochure about the studio-visit program, available at most island retail stores.




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