MOOSE JAW CAMERA CLUB

Member Profile: Bill Kruse

Bill Kruse_portraitBill 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).

Nikon D90;  lens unknown, ISO 200, f6.3,1/800, hand-held. Les Seltzer by Bill Kruse;

Nikon D90; lens unknown, ISO 200, f6.3,1/800, hand-held.
Les Seltzer by Bill Kruse;

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f 6.3, 1/180s,  Parkbeg, Sk; Bill shares: "I spent 3 hrs all over this town taking pics.In this one the veranda has now fallen down and the elevator is gone. I really liked the Angle on this shot!"

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f 6.3, 1/180s,
Parkbeg, Sk; Bill shares: “I spent 3 hrs all over this town taking pics.In this one the veranda has now fallen down and the elevator is gone. I really liked the Angle on this shot!”

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 400, f4.8, 1/4000s, tripod. "Sea of Life" :by Bill Kruse: " The homestead with the barn already fallen to earth and reclaimed by the land; the lonesome home sits in a rough sea of grass calling out for its next life."

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 400, f4.8, 1/4000s, tripod.
“Sea of Life” :by Bill Kruse: ” The homestead with the barn already fallen to earth and reclaimed by the land; the lonesome home sits in a rough sea of grass calling out for its next life.”

Nikon D90. lens unknown, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/500s. Sioux Bridge by Bill Kruse: "This is a 3 shots in one image - Bridge, Sky, Moon."

Nikon D90. lens unknown, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/500s.
Sioux Bridge by Bill Kruse: “This is a 3 shots in one image – Bridge, Sky, Moon.”

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f5.0, 1/2500s. Soo Line by Bill Kruse: "This shot is a combo of 2 images. I love this kind of train shot."

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f5.0, 1/2500s.
Soo Line by Bill Kruse: “This shot is a combo of 2 images. I love this kind of train shot.”

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 1600, f6.3, 1/2000s.  "Uptown" by Bill Kruse: "I'm really proud of myself because i was asked to take a pic of the Uptown Cafe and spent a lot of time on this image. I processed it thinking I would take a shot of the cafe and city hall in the same image but could not get the shot the way I wanted. I looked around and took 100 pics of this building from all angles at sunrise over many days and had to take out a TV dish and part of a neighboring building."

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 1600, f6.3, 1/2000s.
“Uptown” by Bill Kruse: “I’m really proud of myself because i was asked to take a pic of the Uptown Cafe and spent a lot of time on this image. I processed it thinking I would take a shot of the cafe and city hall in the same image but could not get the shot the way I wanted. I looked around and took 100 pics of this building from all angles at sunrise over many days and had to take out a TV dish and part of a neighboring building.”

Nikon D90, lens unknown, HDR image - no details available. "White Barn at Sunset" by Bill Kruse: "Great outing with the club, this was a lot of fun!"

Nikon D90, lens unknown, HDR image – no details available.
“White Barn at Sunset” by Bill Kruse: “Great outing with the club, this was a lot of fun!”

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f4.8, 1/60s. "Winter Train" by Bill Kruse: "This is my best shot so far as there are lots of stories in this pic. When i show this at my trade shows there is always someone with a story around this subject matter. Ii took the shot because of the rail cars and the bridge."

Nikon D90, lens unknown, ISO 200, f4.8, 1/60s.
“Winter Train” by Bill Kruse: “This is my best shot so far as there are lots of stories in this pic. When i show this at my trade shows there is always someone with a story around this subject matter. Ii took the shot because of the rail cars and the bridge.”

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 <krusebillone@sasktel.net>

This entry was published on April 3, 2015 at 5:58 am. It’s filed under Landscape Photography, Member Feature, Member profile, Moose Jaw Camera Club, Photography, Portrait photography, Sharing Resources and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Member Profile: Bill Kruse

  1. Marilyn Nimegeers on said:

    Awesome Bill.
    Keep up all the Great work the you do.

    Like

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