“These are my grandfather’s hands,” Nathan says. “He’d worked all his life as a farmer and a mechanic, and I like the idea of an image that represents a person rather than a traditional portrait of the person.”
At the gallery one evening this past January, Nathan noticed a couple standing in front of the photo. “I usually stand at a distance to my photographs so I can see what people react to, and often I’ll come up to them and talk with them. When I came up to this couple, the wife told me that the photograph brought back a lot of good memories of her father, who, like my grandfather, was a hard worker. She said that the photo represented a person’s lifetime. She gave me such a beautiful smile as she told me how much my photograph affected her. A reaction like that is priceless, and it really made me feel like I’m doing something right, because I believe art has a higher call than just something to make money on.”
You can view a variety of Nathan Crowder’s images at his website, www.nathancrowderphotography.com.