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Bayfield photographer showing work at Pine River Library

Bayfield photographer showing work at Pine River Library


From the grandeur of Engineer Pass to a rusty pickup truck, Glenn Tinnin finds art in his photographic images, sometimes in unexpected places, such as a corral collapsing in a local field.

He takes those images from his camera, then adds layers of complexity – literally – to create a unique look at Southwest Colorado.

Tinnin’s work is currently on display at Pine River Library through the end of June. There will be an artist reception with refreshments from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at the library, located at 395 Bayfield Center Drive. Viewing his work at the library, Tinnin explains the steps that go into creating his pieces.

He loads his primary image into Photoshop, then adds layers of texture over them. He captures the texture photos during his hikes and fishing trips. He found a shimmering texture on a piece of aluminum he shot in a ghost town, then juxtaposed that on a photo of a yellow flower he shot in his backyard, creating a beautiful image that seems to be more than just a photograph.

He takes the mixed images, then prints them on an art panel, or sometimes a piece of metal. After coating them with clear art resin and building a frame, the art is ready to hang. Sometimes, he’ll take a piece and also add brus work, creating even more movement in his pictures of water flowing in the Pine or Animas rivers.


“These images begin as photos, then morph into art through digital and physical manipulation,” Tinnin said. The artistic works on display this month are a natural evolvement of his work. A flyfishing guide, he started taking photos at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River in the 1980s. After he and his family moved to Bayfield so he could manage a flyfishing shop in Durango, he started shooting his sons’ baseball and soccer games, and that evolved into a sports photography business. He also began taking school pictures, then expanded into studio and portrait work. Wanting to try something new, he started combining images to create the work he is pursuing today.

Two other media he uses are encaustic wax and giclee prints.

The wax is actually an ancient technique, used by Egyptians and other ancient cultures to preserve documents. He’ll print a photo on a panel, then melt beeswax on top of it. At first, the image is hazy, but eventually it dries clearly enough to create a rich, almost glowing finish.

Giclee is a print process with at least 300 dots per inch, or DPI, printed on archival paper. That much ink on the paper creates a process that’s close to a painting, Tinnin explained.

Tinnin said he often pulls off the road en route to a fishing trip to shoot a rusting pickup or an old wooden barn, then the next time he’s traveling that road, he realizes the barn has been torn down or the pickup hauled off.

“I’m glad I’m getting to record them,” he said of his images, adding that his work continues to be inspired by the time he spends in the outdoors.

More information about Tinnin’s show is available at the Pine River Library at 884-2222, ext. 510. All of the work being displayed in the library is for sale, and he also has images of his work on his facebook page, Glenn Tinnin Photography.


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