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Roman Loranc

When I first came to California, I became acquainted with the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Valley. Efforts were then being made to restore the wetlands that had once been prolific in that area but were being diminished at an alarming pace. Through my photography, I joined the conservation efforts to save these natural and wild places. I want to share my artistic vision with others to increase awareness of these pristine landscapes, which are precious resources meriting preservation.

Dogwood by Roman Loranc Dogwood

Price: $900.00
Ebb and Flow by Roman Loranc Ebb and Flow

Price: $900.00
Oak in Rain by Roman Loranc Oak in Rain

Price: $900.00
Timeless Pier by Roman Loranc Timeless Pier

Price: $900.00
Tule in the Wind by Roman Loranc Tule in the Wind

Price: $900.00
Water Dance by Roman Loranc Water Dance

Price: $900.00
Boat by Roman Loranc Boat

Price: $1,200.00
Galves Lake by Roman Loranc Galves Lake

Price: $1,200.00
Lightning Rod by Roman Loranc Lightning Rod

Price: $1,200.00
Miro's Fish by Roman Loranc Miro's Fish

Price: $1,200.00
Sanscrit Tules by Roman Loranc Sanscrit Tules

Price: $1,200.00
Tule Dance by Roman Loranc Tule Dance

Price: $1,200.00
Weeping Willow by Roman Loranc Weeping Willow

Price: $1,200.00
Oaks in Webs by Roman Loranc Oaks in Webs

Price: $1,200.00
The Source by Roman Loranc The Source

Price: $1,200.00
Cottonwood Lace by Roman Loranc Cottonwood Lace

Price: $2,000.00
Walking in Fog by Roman Loranc Walking in Fog

Price: $2,000.00
Tule Dancers by Roman Loranc Tule Dancers

Price: $2,000.00
Bridge by Roman Loranc Bridge

Price: $2,000.00
Cathedral Oaks by Roman Loranc Cathedral Oaks

Price: $2,000.00
Floating Oak by Roman Loranc Floating Oak

Price: $2,000.00
Island Oaks by Roman Loranc Island Oaks

Price: $2,000.00
Modern Don Quixote by Roman Loranc Modern Don Quixote

Price: $2,000.00
Redwoods by Roman Loranc Redwoods

Price: $2,000.00
Tule and Mt Shasta by Roman Loranc Tule and Mt Shasta

Price: $2,000.00
Wigry Lake by Roman Loranc Wigry Lake

Price: $2,000.00
Frosted Willows by Roman Loranc Frosted Willows

Price: $2,500.00
Granaries by Roman Loranc Granaries

Price: $3,000.00
Angel Star by Roman Loranc Angel Star

Price: $3,000.00
Tule Raft by Roman Loranc Tule Raft

Price: $4,000.00
Crucified Landscape by Roman Loranc Crucified Landscape

Price: $4,000.00
Flashback by Roman Loranc Flashback

Price: $4,000.00
Road to Home by Roman Loranc Road to Home

Price: $4,000.00
Tules by Roman Loranc Tules

Price: $6,000.00
Moon over Tuscany by Roman Loranc Moon over Tuscany

Price: $7,000.00
Avalanche Road by Roman Loranc Avalanche Road

Price: $10,000.00
Homeward Bound by Roman Loranc Homeward Bound

Price: $20,000.00

ROMAN LORANC / ARTIST STATEMENT

When I first came to California, I became acquainted with the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Valley. Efforts were then being made to restore the wetlands that had once been prolific in that area but were being diminished at an alarming pace. Through my photography, I joined the conservation efforts to save these natural and wild places. I want to share my artistic vision with others to increase awareness of these pristine landscapes, which are precious resources meriting preservation.

Among the places dearest to my heart are marshlands and wetlands, where tules and reeds take up residence and thrive in silence. Here I have an opportunity to pause, and join in the simple rhythms of nature, free of the shackles of everyday life. I hope that viewers will recognize the effort I have made to capture both the simplicity and complexity of this subject matter. True, each is a seemingly simple image. However, as one looks closer each image pulls you in, beckoning an examination of life and its meaning.

Tules and reeds silently exist in the shallow waters of marches, muddy shores and lakes. This quietude is an elixir, both personally and professionally. To attempt to capture the essence of this setting is a challenge. All too often we find ourselves in the midst of the chaos of our daily lives: chasing deadlines, attending meetings, suffering traffic, and the like. And often these things are accompanied by noise, both audible and inaudible, as our minds spin. In my effort to escape these realities, I seek quiet places, away from distractions, and in doing so have found relaxation for my mind, as well as interesting subject matter for my photography. When I venture into these places, I saturate myself in the solitude. The price of admission is small: surrendering to the environment. It is my pleasure to pay the toll and commence my work.


My first task upon encountering an interesting subject is to understand how best to capture what I see, such that it can be rendered faithfully through film into a print. There is much to be considered. How will the light impact the image? How about the breeze, the cloud cover, the stillness of the waters, the temperature, the season, the stage of life of the tule or reed? Is this the best time of day to make the photograph? If not, is this the best opportunity available given the multitude of variables? Will there ever be another opportunity? I work my way through these questions, relying on decades of experience and experimentation as a self-taught artist. I endeavor to best figure out how to frame the vision and work through the technical aspects of successfully photographing what I see.


As a non-native English speaker, I found early upon my arrival in the United States in 1982 that I could often express myself better through my photography than with spoken words. Art speaks in a universal language, assuming it speaks to the viewer at all. Of course, that language is subject to interpretation, it can mean one thing to me, another to you, and many other things to many other people. For my part, I try to let the image speak to me, and do not compose my photographs other than to frame the subject. Photography is the hard labor of seeing!


While I love to photograph the majesty of mountains and wide-open spaces, I delight even more in trying to capture the magnificence of ordinary objects such as tules and reeds. Reminiscent of my days as a young boy in Poland with camera in hand, I can block out all other matters and get lost in my pursuit of the perfect image. Tules and reeds with their hypnotic swaying of stems and reflective shadows dancing on the waters, always hold my attention.