Bill Theis

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Neighborhood: North Bay

From an early age, the world and its diversity fascinated me, especially the patterns I saw in commonplace things. My interest in photography stemmed from a desire to immortalize this moment of recognition to relive this emotion repeatedly and for a lifetime. Life on the farm was dominated by monotonous expanses of fields and pastures. The things that really excited me, though, were the abstracts I could form from farm implements, keyholes in doors, cracked paint, and other minutia I found close to hand. Though my professional studies and career took me down the road of science and mathematics, my camera was never far from my hand. The knowledge that I acquired allowed me to look “under the hood” at both the truth and uncertainties underlying nature, are a form of mysticism. With the camera, I attempt to integrate these two worlds: the surface beauty with the underlying unseen complexity of what the subject is and how it came to be. Always drawn by the excitement of discovery, I have exactly the same feeling discovering an object to photograph as I do in making a discovery in the laboratory. Seeing something that is ever-present yet which no one else has recognized is always accompanied by a rush of excitement and wonder.