A different world view


Carmel resident Otis Harville has a unique way of viewing the world.

He does so through the lens of a digital camera, with the discerning eye of an artist.

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“My view is that fine-art photography goes beyond simple reality,” said Harville, an award-winning landscape photographer and printmaker whose work has appeared in galleries throughout the Midwest. “It requires the artist to be inspired to a vision beyond the simplicity of the image captured by the camera.”

An Indiana Artisan and member of the Indiana Artisan Advisory Board, Harville is a fine-art photographer who turns digital images of landscapes into printed pieces of art. His work has appeared in Carmel Art on Main Gallery & Gifts and has been displayed in galleries and art fairs throughout Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit and Indiana University, Harville has plied his craft for 20 years. He purchased his first digital camera in 2000 and immediately developed an affinity — and skill — for outdoors photography, eventually branching into fine printmaking.

“For me, photography is a satisfying blend of creativity, intellectual challenge and craftsmanship in the service of creating memories of these environments,” Harville said. “My approach to every scene has the same goal, (to) utilize colors, tones, contrast and a calibrated workflow to convey my emotions.

“By doing this, I create memories of moments of serene beauty, and then preserve them with museum high-quality archival materials.”

Harville became a juried member of the Indiana Artisan organization in 2018. Created in 2010 by the state legislature, Indiana Artisan recognizes and promotes the work of the highest-quality art and food created by Hoosiers.

Harville, who works out of his home studio and has participated in art fairs and shows since 2014, lives in east Carmel with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons. His website is lightscap3s.com.