Intimate Portraits of Nature

With a focus on close-up views - some no larger than 6 x 8 inches - Gary Robinson’s photographs provide an intimate view of Santa Barbara’s diverse natural world. His work invites us to look deeper into the landscape and discover the beauty of nature’s fascinating patterns and textures. Through his choice of subject matter and his attention to composition, Robinson’s images convey a sense of awe for the smaller treasures that are right in front of us but so often go unnoticed. 

"For me photography is like having a third seeing eye.  I think I know what it is I am taking a picture of, but when I see the image on the screen or enlarged in print there is this delightful world of things unnoticed made clearer.  This is especially true when you get closer or more intimate with your subjects. The camera is my third eye allowing me to explore details in nature, to play with natural textures and juxtaposition of colors and patterns found in nature."

Gary Robinson received both his bachelor of science degree and his master of science degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He worked for several years at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador studying the distribution of black corals in the islands, assisting graduate student research, overseeing marine biology programs, and documenting the impacts of the 1982-83 El Nino event on the islands marine fauna. In 1986, Robinson joined the staff of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as Manager of the Sea Center Project.  In 1999, he became Director of Facilities for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - a position he continues to hold. Robinson augments his career with his interests in photography, wood carving, and road-biking.

This exhibition opened with a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 1, 2014 and ran through Friday, May 30, 2014.