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San Diego Natural History Museum Ordover Exhibition: William Neill: Intimate Landscapes

Aspen, William Neill 2008
Aspen ©William Neill, 2008

William Neill: Intimate Landscapes
This exhibit closed on August 15, 2010
Photography Exhibition The Ordover Gallery
at the San Diego Natural History Museum

For William Neill, photography is a quiet, intensely meditative activity. He prefers to isolate details of a scene, often to the point of abstraction. By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not obvious, he can let an intimate and enigmatic feeling come through. Neill would rather make an image that asks a question rather than answers one; he prefers to intrigue and arouse curiosity in the viewer.

Neill says, “The reason I photograph is to experience the beauty of nature, of wild places. I explore the essential elements of rock and tree, of cloud and rushing water to discover the magic and mystery of the landscape. My search for beauty is romantic and idealistic. It is the spirit of the land I seek—be it in a small piece of urban wildness or in vast wilderness.”

In addition to having his work widely published and collected, Neill has also received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography, and five Awards of Excellence from Outdoor Photographer and Communications Arts.

Neill has conducted photography workshops for prestigious entities such as The Ansel Adams Gallery, The Friends of Photography, The Maine Workshops and Anderson Ranch Workshops. He writes a monthly column, “On Landscape,” for Outdoor Photographer. Neill’s work has also been published in numerous books, including: The Sense of Wonder, The Tree, By Nature’s Design, The Color of Nature, and Landscapes of the Spirit.

Accompanying the work of William Neill will be outstanding nature photography by Bill Atkinson, Carr Clifton, and Abe Ordover.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, June 19, from 1–3 PM
in the Museum’s Ordover Gallery.

All artwork in The Ordover Gallery is for sale; a substantial portion of proceeds will benefit the Museum. The Ordover Gallery’s imagery and artists’ biographies can be viewed at

This show is graciously sponsored by Dr. David Oblon and the Arts and Medicine Program
at North County Oncology Center of Oceanside, CA


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