Metal - Nelson Stegall Photography

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Metal


"Metal is the diamond found in the rough - it is the breath of life. Metal respects itself and also respects others. It is strong and hard, but will adapt and change when put under pressure. Metal is often seen to be unyielding, rigid and determined. People with this element tend to be minimalists -- enjoying the simplicity of an organized and clean life. However, on the negative side, Metal can also be forceful and controlling. Metal is matter-of-fact and does not see a need for complex or unnecessary emotion in its life."

– Cara Hebert, The Five Elements: What Chinese Element Am I?

Metal? What do I say about metal? I love photographing old barbed wire fences that keep in the cows on the homestead, bridges that link small towns together across the country, and the endless amount of railroad tracks running in all directions. There are countless wheels, gears, nuts, and bolts that hold it all together.


The colors, shapes and textures of metal seem to be never ending. My imagination can run wild with the stories that could be told. Even with all this, I was stumped about what to say about metal. I was born in 1969. According to Chinese Zodiac, I am a Rooster. With a little more digging I discovered my Chinese element is metal. The above description about metal is not 100 percent true for me, though it did make me wonder how very old Eastern teachings still hold some truth in today's world.


My goal is for my photography to inspire you to see, explore, enjoy and protect our natural world. Commercial photography and fine art prints are just some of the services I provide. I invite you to go on an adventure through these images and if one speaks to you, I encourage you to welcome it into your artwork collection.


I want this metal portfolio to take you back down the click clack of the railroad, past the cowboys mending fences, and over the bridges that connect one community to another. Take time to reflect on what truths could be discovered in metal thousands of years from now.



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