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Photography, which for me had started as an art form, over the last several years has evolved into something less personal and true, a process that has become vapid, much less inspiring, and therefore significantly less fulfilling.

As my career progressed, with technological advances in the image-making process I lost sight of the old way of making images. I began to lose all connection to the search for the most important component of the photographic art, the never-ending search for that image, absent any words or supporting information, reveals a hidden truth. This all changed when I began working with a nineteenth century process called wet plate collodion that would take my art and my life in a new direction. This revelation in which I embrace the past and utilize the technological advances of the future allowed me to find the component that I have been searching for.

In the process of losing my way it had taken me on a tremendous journey back to the 1800’s. I had time-traveled the way you would in a dream. Taking me backwards into the future, a future where you paint with silver and light.

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

IR: Creativity to me is when you are doing what’s in your heart. In the past 2 years I have been working on the Silver & Light project that represents who I am. I am hoping I will get jobs based on this work.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

IR: I find my creative inspiration in nature. I believe Mother Nature is the curator of all art.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

IR: The advice I wish I had known is each mistake or failure brings you one step closer to your dream.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

IR: I wish I could hear Leonardo De Vinci speak.

CMV: What was the best advice you were ever given?

IR: One day I was complaining about my problems to my grandfather. He told me if everyone threw their problems out in the street and you could see what everyone’s were, you would go back and pick up your own.

CMV: Where is your favorite place to escape?

IR: My favorite place to escape to is my dreams. In my dreams I am free to travel the way a child does. There are no rules and there are limitless possibilities. In the past few years it has been harder to define what is a dream and what is reality.

Ian Ruther speaks at CM/Vancouver Friday, April 5, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.