A n exhibit of over three dozen scenic photographs by G. Alan Sieve are now on display at the Blount Publlic Library. They will remain on display at the library through November 30.
Sieve, who lives in Maryville, now specializes in scenic photography, having documented rural life for over 25 years as a photojournalist for several weekly newspapers in Iowa.
“For God and Country” is a phrase that Sieve says perhaps best summarizes his motivation as an artist.
“The Great Smoky Mountains are now my primary photographic subject,” he said, noting that he believes images like “Just Before Dawn,” captures the wonder of God’s creation and the promise of what a new day can hold.
He also has a bent toward images that evoke patriotism, such as “Old Glory,” showing an American flag prominently dislayed on an old but well-maintained front porch in Maryville. The exhibit also shows several black-and white-images of rural Americana
Sieve’s work is offered for sale his Web site at http://homepage.mac.com/gasphoto/.
A native of Carroll, Iowa, Sieve holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, located in Ames. There he first exhibited his interest in photography while minoring in journalism.
Sieve began his photojournalism career as a reporter-photographer with The Pioneer-Republican of Iowa County in Marengo, Iowa, in 1977. Then, from 1981 through 1988, he was editor of the Williamsburg (Iowa) Journal Tribune. While working for these two weekly newspapers, his news, feature and sports photographs won awards yearly in contests held by the Iowa Press Photographers’ Association (IPPA) and the Iowa Press Association.
Sieve received his Master of Journalism degree in 1991, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he studied photojournalism and newspaper and magazine design.
After earning his master’s degree, he returned to Marengo Publishing Corporation and became editor-in-chief of The NEWSpapers of Iowa County, a group of three weekly newspapers. He held this position from 1992 through 1999.
Following the sale of Marengo Publishing Corporation to Gannett, which publishes USA Today and is one of the country’s largest media companies, Sieve relocated to East Tennessee. He explains his decision to make this big move by saying, “I came here on vacation after graduate school and fell in love with the Smoky Mountains.”
Sieve says he chose to live in Maryville because of its size, its proximity to the mountains and the cultural and recreational amenities found nearby.