RIDGWAY – Cima Bue, a photographer turned chainsaw carver from Callicoon Center, N.Y., gave a unique presentation Tuesday morning at Appalachian Arts Studio in front of Rendezvous carvers and community members.
Bue, who spent well over 15 years as a photographer, only recently turned his attention to chainsaw carving.
"I worked through the different types of photography like anybody would just to find out what way you're going to fall into it and what interests you the most," Bue said. "Some people fall into things based on supporting their family, and responsibilities sometimes means that you're not doing what you love, and that to me is a tragedy.
"I wanted to make sure that that would never happen. I've evolved just like pretty much all photographers-- I did studio work, then I ended up doing some weddings, then I did a little bit of fashion and some products, then I ended up falling into architecture."
The most fascinating aspect of photography for Bue was shooting architecture, something that has since evolved to photographing sculptures.
Most of Bue's morning seminar focused on the best ways to photograph a particular wood carving through utilizing different types of light and backgrounds.
A former University of Connecticut student, Bue was able to individualize his own major and was able to combine several areas of study, including photography, sculpture and archaeology.
"I just wanted to take whatever I could to be well-rounded," Bue said.
And after over 15 years in photography, Bue felt the need to be more well-rounded.
"It was two years ago that I did a little research and found the whole carving thing," Bue said. "The key for me was not having anything holding me down; I probably would've forced the evolution regardless of family or things like that but I don't have a wife or kids. The responsibilities are solely my own."