Bill Kruse is a photographer with a passion of capturing the essence of prairie landscapes and landmarks. From rustic to the mechanized heritage of rural life he strives to capture subject matter that speaks to the heart of prairie people.
He was born in 1960 in Cold Lake Alberta and called Moose Jaw his hometown during his formative years. After an extended leave he returned in 2004 to make his home and build his business “Thunder Creek Custom Framing Studio”. Bill experimented with photography in his twenties. He has returned to actively pursue life though the lens.
Bills shares his passion openly and states: “The landscape and landmarks of the prairies present many familiar images that speak to us of times gone by as well as roots running deep. The abandoned pioneer buildings in their faced and failing states evoke a connection of pride and loss in most prairie people. I seek to preserve the essence of the structures in images that whisper “I was the hearth, I was the home, and the pioneer spirit was cradled here.”
The same is portrayed in his images of machinery put out to pasture and weathered to terracotta tones of rust. Rare traces of paint hint at their past vitally and their integral role in feeding a new nation. Bill loves to capture the rooted landmarks that serve as symbols of a legacy for generations to come.
In 2011 Bill joined the Moose Jaw Art Guild and and in 2013 he was instrumental in breathing life back into a dormant Moose Jaw Camera Club where he served as president for one year. Bill is an active participant and entrant into photography competitions. He has won the “I love Moose Jaw” photo contest with his image “Crescent Park at Dusk” and a red ribbon at the Group of Ten Photography Club’s provincial photo contest for his portrait of Les Seltzer (image below).
Thank you, Bill for stepping up this week. I know everyone at the Moose Jaw Camera Club and beyond will enjoy your lively prairie imagery.
We wish you well in your upcoming two person exhibition with Larry Going (featured earlier on this website – link here) at the Moose Jaw Cultural Center: “Life Through the Lens” opens on April 15th and continues till May 23rd, 2015. Artist Reception is scheduled for May 18th, 2015 from 2 – 4 pm. For more info check the Moose Jaw Cultural Center website or email Bill directly <firstname.lastname@example.org>