Turning Point – Pictures that Defined You as an Artist – The Making of “Fenceline near Leduc”

©Darwin Wiggett - Fenceline near Leduc - Canon T90 with a 20mm lens, a 3-stop hard-edge grad filter, Fujichrome 50 Velvia slide film

©Darwin Wiggett – Fenceline near Leduc – Canon T90 with a 20mm lens, a 3-stop hard-edge grad filter, Fujichrome 50 Velvia slide film

What is your most important image? Do you have an image where you finally saw the emergence of your personal style? Is there an image you made that sealed your direction as an artist?” The photo above, taken in the spring of 1991, is THE image that for me told me I had something to say as an artist. It served as a road map for my personal style for years to come and showed me that I could make evocative images from any subject if I paid attention to light and composition. It also showed me that I had a solid understanding of the techniques of the craft. So… simply put, this simple little image of a beat up and forgotten fence in a pasture near Leduc, Alberta was the turning point in my evolution as a photographer –  everything I’ve created afterwards has been based on the template set by this image. 

Do you have a turning point image? If so send us the image and its story to darwin@oopoomoo.com and we’ll share on the oopoomoo blog (please size the image 585 pixels in  the long dimension).

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Ian McGillvrey
    May 13, 2013

    I’ve always loved this shot Darwin! I’m glad you took it, for what it started for you, and for the years of inspiring work that have followed. If I’d taken it, I would have thought I was on to something too!

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  3. Niki
    May 18, 2013

    It is just stunning!

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  7. Royce Howland
    May 23, 2013

    Great idea for a series, Sam & Darwin! Cool stuff is coming out already, and I look forward to what other milestones people share. As artists, we’re often our own worst critics, or quick to move on from past work to chase the elusive future better work. It’s good to actually celebrate key defining moments that helped bring us to where we are, and pointed the way to where we’re going… 🙂

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  24. Sue
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    A simply beautiful photo filled with the perfect light and emotion. Not surprised this was your turning point.

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