Art Center welcomes Bozeman photographer Larry Blackwood

Charlie Denison

Larry Blackwood: the man

One of Larry's excellent grain elevator photos.

Larry Blackwood of Bozeman is a man of many interests: building a home, backpacking, whitewater canoeing, traveling around the United States and beyond.

But perhaps his biggest passion, he said, is photography.

“I’m mostly known around Montana for my photos of crows and ravens,” he said, “but my latest show has a different focus. I’m very eclectic in my subject matter. Anything that catches my eye I’ll photograph.”

Set to open at the Lewistown Art Center Friday, Blackwood’s latest photo fascination focuses on grain elevators around the West, particularly those he’s stumbled upon while driving around Montana, Idaho and Kansas.

“I took most of these photos during my time as a statistician in Idaho Falls,” Blackwood said. “I’d drive from Idaho Falls to Bozeman or back to Wichita, Kansas, where I grew up, and stop often to take pictures of grain elevators. I’d take the long way, stopping into the small towns, driving off the beaten path along the scenic highways. There are elevators scattered all over the place.”

What inspires Blackwood to take pictures of grain elevators?

 “There are all sorts of details and interesting repetitive patterns in the architecture of grain elevators,” Blackwood said. “They allow for some very abstract pieces of photography.”

This is especially the case in black and white, which is Blackwood’s favorite photographic style.

“I’d say 75 percent of my photos are black and white,” he said. “Black and white takes you away from a pure, straight representation of what you’re looking at and creates an opportunity to see more. It makes you think about what you’re looking at. There is a different creative approach involved.”

This Friday, the LAC will host a reception for Blackwood’s exhibit, appropriately called “Elevations,” Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be up until March 31.



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