"As a Hopkins County, Kentucky, native, two of my earliest hobbies were video games and hunting. In 2011, a work project put a DSLR camera in my hands for the first time. I was intrigued by the technical aspects of digitally capturing an image and later discovered that two of my past interests, hunting and video games, could merge and evolve within the medium of digital photography. While my peak areas of focus are landscapes and wildlife, I also enjoy candid street photography.
"I largely employ a technical approach to photography: scouting and tracking wildlife; factoring in weather and weather patterns; planning and timing to best utilize natural lighting; gauging probabilities; and even factoring in the habits and routines of a subject. It is in the details of the process that I derive significant joy in the capturing of a single image. Whether it be a celestial long exposure shot in the middle of the night, where cloud cover, humidity and human interference might be the biggest challenges, or an otter whose activity I’ve been tracking for weeks, the correlation between hunting and my personal application of photography cannot be denied.
"Additionally, my personal view on post-processing or digital development of images will vary from the views and opinions of many photographers. I love exploring what technology can bring to art through the skilled use of post-processing. Often the camera lens alone can’t capture what the eye sees, but by utilizing the tools provided us in digital photography I can create the image as I perceive it and am therefore not limited to the basic functionality of camera hardware. In this way I see digital processing as an extension of the medium, another opportunity for creativity, rather than at odds with traditional photography.
"Similarly, through the narrow focus of our 'daily lens,' we may have a tendency to view the people, structures, and occasions around us with an air of disinterest or apathy. With street photography, I am able to selectively isolate a snippet of human experience for examination in a more thoughtful and intentional manner. The idea behind my street photography is to hopefully evoke an emotion or avenue of thought which the viewer may not have previously considered or personally experienced. Unposed, organic, and raw, I like the idea of being able to document things 'as they are,' or at least, 'as I see them.'
"I am fortunate to share my love of photography with my father, Alan Morgan. Through photography our relationship has grown into my most valued adult friendship as we challenge each other toward greater creative accomplishments. Many days one can find us cruising the banks of Lake Beshear in our old pontoon boat in search of opportunity and inspiration. In 2020, Alan and I embarked on fine art print and canvas making. This has proven to be yet another rewarding opportunity that photography has brought to my life. Josh Morgan Photography specializes in archival-grade printmaking, and hand-stretched canvases. Via the business of printing, I am able to collaborate with other creatives in helping bring their work into two-dimensional existence and restore and preserve family heirlooms, as well as share my own images through print. I love the idea that I can produce and preserve an image for generations to come through the use of high-quality materials and equipment, regardless of where technology may lead us with photo storage in the future.
"My image, Eagle Watching Over Lake Beshear, is one of many bald eagle images I’ve captured over the years. Proximity has allowed me to observe and track the members of this eagle family over the last 5 years. What at one time may have been seen as a once-in-a-lifetime sighting is now a near-weekly occurrence for those of us blessed enough to live in the little slice of heaven we call Dawson Springs, Kentucky."