Photographer captures moments in nature

A photograph by John Walker.Photographer John Walker strives to observe and appreciate the natural world and capture moments of its beauty and mystery in photos. His exhibit, "Things That Caught My Eye," is a collection of those moments and will be on display in the Health and Human Services Building second floor gallery until Dec. 20. The public is invited to a free artist’s reception on Monday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit includes photos that were planned with the intent of capturing the personalities of animals at Binder Park Zoo and images that Walker says "pop up unexpectedly...right in front of me," such as a rat snake he sighted on a recent trip to Japan.

Walker is a retired industrial designer with B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Michigan State University. His interest in photography began with an undergraduate class assignment to design a pin-hole camera. While earning his master’s in studio art and computer graphics, he held a graduate teaching position in the photography program at Michigan State University. He has served as coordinator of Western Michigan University’s industrial design program, and currently coaches diving for Kalamazoo’s Loy Norrix High School in addition to his photography work.

The WMU campus community and the general public are invited to view the exhibit from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Gay Walker at or (269) 387-3839.