Granite and Water, Yosemite
About the Artist
Franka M. Gabler
For several years now, I have been drawing my inspiration from subtle, moody, often intimate landscapes – compositions somewhere between detail/abstract – and the wider view, beyond a mere record of a particular location. Such compositions allow for extracting unique scenes from otherwise well-known places. They often stimulate a viewer to think further, or engage in a more personal way. The light and atmosphere I capture in my photographs often result in sentimental impact and ethereal feeling. Mist and fog often allow for interesting compositions and interpretations, concealing distracting elements and leaving only the essence, isolated from larger surroundings, allowing me to feel, focus, and connect with a subject.
My compositions and choice of subjects are intuitive. I don’t plan what to photograph on a particular day – instead I get out there with open senses, waiting to see what draws my attention, hoping to recognize a simple story in a chaotic surrounding: a beam of light, an object that breaks a pattern – or a group of objects that form an interesting pattern, exciting light and atmospheric conditions, balance of stillness and movement… Gentle morning light, tranquility, and peace of untouched nature – where only disturbance is the sound of my own footsteps and breathing, make me appreciate the gift of life, a reminder that we are all part of a larger universe, and letting everyday worries fade away.
Being a scientist and a landscape photographer, Franka M. Gabler developed a fascination, admiration, and respect for nature. Soon after moving to California in 1997, she experienced her first wilderness backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ever since that time, Franka has been photographing the magnificence of the high country mountains and the California landscape.
She lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, not far from Yosemite National Park.
Franka’s photographs are published in several books and publications. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is affiliated with Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, Spectrum Fine Art Gallery in Fresno, Ridgeline Gallery in Mariposa, and Circle Gallery in Madera, CA.