Adorning El Progreso Memorial Library’s walls for the month of March are the landscape and wildlife images of photographer Ron Sprouse. The artist of the month exhibit is an excerpt of his state and national park photography.
Sprouse is a native Texan whose works spans five decades, with his favorite forms of photography being nature, wildlife, landscape and travel. His mediums include film, digital photography, and recently drone photography.
Throughout his career he has worked as a photographer for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the National Park Service, and the West Cave Nature Preserve.
Since moving to the area in 2003, he has photographed for the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Hill Country River Region, and several Concan area resorts.
Sprouse draws inspiration and is motivated by the landscape of the Colorado plateau, an area of the country he describes as a target-rich environment with the spectacular parks of Utah and New Mexico offering vistas of snowy mountains to deserts.
To capture wildlife and landscape photos, Sprouse said it is at times challenging. Wildlife seldom are in easy-to-access areas, and he noted oftentimes there is a hike involved. He also commented that with the increase of attendance to national parks, it takes just the right unpopulated moment to get the shot.
Sprouse finds that photography has always been instinctual for him. He said he was very visually oriented as a child, framing images in his mind’s eye. His favorite photographers hail from the era of film, with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston being among those he admires.
In a recent interview, Sprouse offered advice to novice photographers. In this era of digital photography “take as many photos as you can, and focus on what interests you.”