Link has lived in Sandgate, since 1979 where he operates the Sandgate Flower Farm. He grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time he majored in geography, but enrolled in several art courses that broadened his artistic experience and appreciation of art. During his 30 years of teaching elementary school in Bennington he traveled many times to Europe with his camera and gradually broadened his travels to include the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Central America.
Now retired, Link has more time to travel. He feels that the world is a museum, and spends most of his time on the streets of cities and villages rather than in museums. Excursions through the countryside have allowed him to visit with people in the fields and to discuss farming and everyday life. Although most conversations are in two different languages, which neither person understands, the concepts do come through.
"The more I travel, the more I recognize that people value the same things, but in different ways," he said. "I am fascinated with the challenge of capturing the right moment and composition of a subject to produce the best image that I can. Sometimes it only takes a small step or a look backwards to capture a spectacular image. Other times it may take several minutes, hours, or sometimes an entirely different season. Photography is still magic to me, just as it was sitting with my father, in the cellar, developing photos back in the fifties."
Link has exhibited in Vermont at the Canfield Gallery in Arlington, the Northshire Medical Center in Manchester, the Bennington Free Library, the Pawlet Library, and the Kittay Library in Rupert.
He has also earned numerous awards from peers and judges at the photo contest website PhotoBug.
More photos may be seen and purchased on his website: http://photosbyjameslink.zenfolio.com.
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