MARSHALL - "My mind's eye is half of my photography, the other half is capturing it," says Marshall photographer Eric Joyce.
Joyce will have his photography on display throughout the month of April at the Daily Grind in Marshall. An open house will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Joyce said he got into photography at age 12 with an SLR camera, using black and white film.
"I'm primarily a self-taught photographer and the great outdoors is my classroom," Joyce said.
Joyce recently lived in Tucson, Ariz. for a year, saying that he got some good lightning shots while in the area.
"Lightning shots were a challenge," he said. He said that some of his weather shots were featured on the television news down there.
"When the storm sets in, you're kind of even with it," he said.
He returned to the Marshall area in 2010.
"I kind of missed a small town," Joyce said. "Around here I used to go barn hunting." He said he doesn't do that much anymore. One of his favorite barns to shoot was southwest of Marshall.
"It's not there anymore," he said.
When he shoots landscapes, Joyce attempts to compose views that draw people into them.
"To create scenes one can enter, rather than merely view," Joyce said. "Whether a grand vista or a peaceful little spot, I'd like the viewer to feel as though they are there, experiencing the beauty of the world and the sensation of that moment. I have developed a passion for taking photographs during the first and last hour of sunlight during the day, when a specific photographic effect is achieved due to the quality of the light. This is the 'golden hour.'"
Joyce said he tries to get as many opportunities as he can to take photos.
"I usually go out shooting every day," he said, adding that the area parks are his favorite spot.
And he's always learning about new techniques. Joyce said if he doesn't know how to do a certain thing, he'll look it up on the Internet.
His dream is to travel to every state and Canada to capture images off the beaten path.
"Tourist traps are nice to visit but truly unique scenery can be found on the roads less traveled," he said. "Not only will there be no crowds, it's more exciting when you don't really know what to expect around the curve ahead. It's like a natural high when you come across a scene that simply makes you say 'wow.'"
Joyce said his goal is to have his own studio/gallery in the next couple of years. He's going to work with the Small Business Development Center at Southwest Minnesota State University to get started.
"Although I am primarily a landscape and outdoor photographer, I am going to add maternity and newborns to baby's first year to my calling," he said.