“Wahkeena I” fine art photograph by Dale J. Veith
“Wahkeena II” fine art photograph by Dale J. Veith
“These photos from the Gorge are especially important to me because that’s where I learned to use photography in my healing process, and that is a very healing place for me.” Dr. Dale J. Veith
Q: Where in the world is Wahkeena, you ask?
A: Wahkeena Falls is a 242-foot waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in the state of Oregon. The waterfall is unlike nearby Multnomah Falls in that the water does not directly plunge to the ground. Wahkeena Falls, rather, has a more subtle cascading flow with six drops. Wahkeena Trail #420, Corbett.
“Seamless” fine art photograph by Dale J. Veith
“This is a photo from West Point. I call it “Seamless” because the building seems to seamlessly grow right out of the mountain.”
“He who has a way to live can bear almost any how he lives.”
“I am an Oregon native. I am a clinical psychologist. I work in medical settings and my work is with people who have chronic medical conditions. The management pain is one of my passions. One of the most valuable lessons my rehab team taught me was the truth of the Nietzsche quote that introduces my bio. Having a sense of purpose, an awareness of what gives life meaning helps us tolerate the many challenges that life sends our way.
My photography plays many roles in my quest for meaning and purpose. Much of my energy in my early photography was directed at trying to capture images that conveyed the pain and sense of loss I had experienced. The images were dark and moody. I shot mainly in black and white. I was fascinated with dilapidated buildings, people who were down on their luck, empty school yards on winter days, barren trees, and the like. My photography was helping me grieve the death of a sense of self.
Over time my photography reflected the healing that was taking place. I began capturing the joy and the beauty that I experienced during the hiking and cycling outings that helped me regain my strength. I use my pictures to remind myself how good I feel when I am in those places doing what I love with the people I love and that helps keep pain in the background. It reminds me of my purpose in life and what gives it meaning.”
“Serenity” in the Strait of Juan de Fuca/ fine art photograph by Dale Veith
Q: Where in the world is the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you ask?
A: The Strait of Juan de Fuca, approximately 102 miles in length and 10 to 18 miles wide, is the access route to the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound in the state of Washington. It serves as the regional International Boundary between the U.S. and Canada. It was named in 1788 for Juan de Fuca, a fabled Greek mariner who explored the area in the late 16th century.
“My love of treating patients grew out of my personal experiences as a chronic pain patient. My pain started around 40 years ago through a combination of sports injuries, heavy physical labor, and motor vehicle crashes. Wonderful physicians, psychologists, and physical therapists helped me. Their examples inspired me to return to school so that I might find meaning through transforming my pain into an asset by helping others cope.”
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
located in the Historic Gilbert Block Building
August 3-25 Exhibition
OUTSIDE INTERESTS featuring local painters and artisans hugely impressed with the wide-open, majestic vistas of the Pacific Northwest. Selected art, new original work, conveys nature’s shifting moods, with no human presence visible. Artists include Paul Brent, Melissa Jander, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Bev Drew Kindley, Martha Lee, Gretha Lindwood, Ron Nicolaides, Susan Romersa and Dale J. Veith.
“Gearhart Links” fine art photograph by Dale J. Veith
“I chose these images for OUTSIDE INTERESTS because they reflect my outside interests in being out on the ocean, golf, architecture, and hiking.” Dale J. Veith
Welcoming new artists oil painter Vicky Combs-Snider and glass artist Christine Downs to the gallery.
Q: Where is Gearhart Links, you ask?
A:G earhart Golf Links, located in Gearhart, Oregon, United states, is an 18-hole links-style golf course, initially built in the late 1800s.