Beyond the Ordinary:
Exploring Meghan Poynor’s Eye for Detail
by Viviana Puello.
“Emergence from the Dust” Photography by Meghan Poynor.
The typical environment for the horse and rider on the range involves plenty of dust. – Moab, Utah.
Meet Meghan Poynor, an artist who captures extraordinary moments in the natural world through her photography. Her keen eye for detail and vibrant colors offer a unique view of the world around us, showcasing how small details can significantly impact and create breathtaking scenes.
Meghan’s photography displays artistry, elevating the medium to the realm of fine art. Her captivating and thought-provoking images go beyond traditional photography, drawing viewers into a world of beauty and wonder. Through her artistry, Meghan brings out the extraordinary in the ordinary, reminding us to appreciate the small moments that make life truly remarkable.
Each photograph tells a story, inviting us into a world of awe-inspiring wonder and beauty. Meghan finds her inspiration in the natural surroundings, immersing herself in the world’s beauty to guide her artistic vision and create stunning imagery. Her ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary is remarkable, and this connection to nature makes her work so captivating.
Meghan’s ability to masterfully blend hues and shades in her compositions adds depth and emotion to her photographs. She explores the beauty and intricacies of landscapes, wheat fields, grassy hills, rolling hills, and wildlife, capturing each subject with exquisite detail and vibrant colors.
Through her photography, Meghan aims to convey a powerful message about the beauty and wonder of the world around us. She wants to remind us to slow down, appreciate the small moments, and find extraordinary beauty in the ordinary. Her work encourages us to look beyond the surface and see the world through a different lens, appreciating the depth and complexity that lies within.
“I always had a love of art, but it became my passion when I learned how to capture beauty through the lens of a camera. I started by taking pictures of everyday objects and found that I gravitated toward the beauty of how animals and humans interact. I am especially fond of black and white photography for its story-telling effects, but I have found that manipulating color can evoke the same or more when trying to tell a story through the lens. I have been fortunate to be able to travel from coast to coast with my camera in my hand to capture random moments of light or captivating colors provided by nature. The contrast in an everyday object catches my eye, and I want to convey the ordinary to become the unordinary.”
– Meghan Poynor.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK FOR US?
My work involves being outdoors the majority of the time! My current body of work is a project that explores the Western genre of photography. I love capturing the connection between cowboys and cowgirls and their horses. Their respect and love for each other are evident in the beauty of the movements they create as they’re working or simply waiting for the next moment. The two are one, and it is beautiful.
“Anticipation” Photography by Meghan Poynor.
This image captures the horse and rider ready to get the day started. – Moab, Utah.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
Ansel Adams was, of course, my first influence in capturing monumental landscapes that speak to the viewer. As for contemporary artists, Dan Ballard is and has greatly influenced my current body of work. I am always in awe of what he can capture with his landscapes. I have studied under him to learn and perfect the technical aspects of photography, and his knowledge has been invaluable.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Today, my creative process revolves around the action between the rider and the horse in their environment. Early mornings and late evenings create images that produce a sense of awe and wonder. My process begins with photographing a moment that has captured my sense of wonder. Once I get home with hundreds of images, I will look through the photos and select only the ones that speak to me and make me stop. Those are the images that get edited and published.