Photographer Takes Art Form to Another Dimension

By Eric Olson

October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--At 70-ish with two bouts with lung cancer behind him Fort Wayne artist Michael Mettler is living life the way we all should live it.

“There’s a possibility out there that I’m just kind of breaking into,” Mettler says. “I’m trying to keep the enthusiasm at a level where I keep listening quietly.”

Mettler’s life changed at age fifty when he took a trip to the Mayan cities in Mexico. His photos of that trip led him to nature photography..and to a spiritual awakening that he says opened his soul to life and creativity. Which led him to this discovery…breaking up his images into pieces and arranging them in three dimensions.

“When those spaces between the segments are there it breathes, literally. The tree’s life essence comes through. And when I saw what happened from a straight 2d photograph into those I realized you know, I’d hit the mother lode.”

The mother lode is right. Mettler just sold a couple dozen of his 3d images to Parkview Hospital for the new north campus. And he’s never been busier. He lost a lung to cancer and can’t keep up the pace he once could but what he lacks in stamina he makes up for in enthusiasm…for the great discoveries he knows that lie ahead in this new art medium he just invented.

“Are you saying you’re living life more fully now than you did as a young man?” we ask. “Yea there’s no comparison,” he answers. “All I know is it’s wide open which is exciting. And that I keep getting drawn into bigger, larger and more interesting expression.”

Eric Olson, out in Your Country.

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