Photographer Carl Crumley’s Work on Display This Month at St. John’s Home


Carl Crumley’s first camera was a Kodak Brownie Starflash his parents gave him for Christmas back in the 1950s. Over the years, photographic technology has grown and taken his passion for it with him. And for the month of August, his work will be on display at the Terry Art Gallery at St. John’s Home.

“I’m primarily a landscape and nature photographer but I branch out to many other areas of photography as the opportunities arise,” Carl says. “For example, I have a hummingbird feeder on my office window and I’m enjoying photographing the pair of birds that come to my feeder all day long! I’m also dabbling in video so I love to record herons feeding on fish in local ponds.”

Carl takes advantage of the many parks and other outdoorsy areas in Upstate New York for his inspiration.

“I love Ellison Park, Mendon Ponds Park, and Letchworth State Park. And, I’m a big fan of the Erie Canal and I try and feature it in many of my photographs. I also poke around in the Mennonite areas around Penn Yan when I can. There are so many opportunities for a photographer here in upstate New York that I can never be bored.”

More than 25 of Carl’s images are now hanging at St. John’s Home—which features a different artist every month—and all are available for purchase. It’s an ideal spot to grab something sweet from the ice cream shop and spend a few minutes enjoying his work. It’s his eighth time being showcased at St. John’s, with his first show back in 2008.

“My wife Liz is a good friend of Lori Lorraine, who manages the Terry Gallery. Through Liz, Lori invited me to display soon after I moved to New York, with my first show in October of 2008.”

Carl has embraced the digital photography boom, and uses the latest tools to enhance his work so others can see what he sees.

“Does it take the latest, greatest camera and accessories to make great photographs? No, but it helps. Advances in camera technology result in better photographs. I’ve heard someone say that the purpose of a camera is to not get in the way of making a photograph.”

For more information about Carl and his work, visit his website at


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