M. Axel Wikstrom
My love of art began as a teenager helping my mother prepare canvases, sanding and painting furniture for her toll painting, and drawing. A chance encounter with Ansel Adams in Carmel, California where my mother sold her paintings piqued my interest, and photography has stuck with me throughout my life.
Traveling and witnessing history has resulted in a perspective and curiosity that I think contributes to the creative process. Living in and visiting many places around the globe has given a respect for how the other 95% of the world’s population operates. It has taught me that there is more than one way to accomplish goals, and to perceive the world around us.
Dedicating most time to photography I continue to make images and strive to perfect my craft within the camera, within the darkroom, and in my mind.
Drawn to traditional methods and materials, and having a fully equipped darkroom, matting room, studio, and frame shop I am able to create silver gelatin photographs in-house, from start to finish.
My philosophy is that a good photograph should stand on its own. It can be a pretty picture, invoke thought, provoke analysis, or bring out emotions. I strive to include these qualities into each of my photographs.