Paul Atkinson is a self-taught American artist working in the photographic medium. His work celebrates not only the natural landscape, but also explores the human landscape from a detached examination of what is left behind. He employs the assumed truthfulness of the camera to present a reality that frequently transcends the limits of human visual perception, through both night photography and by including light from the near-infrared spectrum.
While he pursued a “safe” career in engineering, he never forgot his passion for art; and with his retirement, he plans to work full-time indulging that passion. Through his art, and this residency, he hopes to share with others the beauty and wonder of the night sky, while promoting awareness of the growing threat of light pollution.
Atkinson’s work has been exhibited nationally in numerous juried shows, and resides in private and institutional collections. He is an advocate for dark night skies with the International Dark-Sky Association. He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. His work may be seen at www.patkinsonphoto.com.