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Winston Lake Park is one of two city parks to boast this view.
Willner was attracted to the small wetlands area found at Blum-Blanding Park on Ivy Ave.
This plan at Oak Summit Park was one of Willner's main attractions to it. "It makes the photo," he says.
There are more than 20 miles of greenway in Winston-Salem. Here, kudzu along the Brushy Fork Greenway creates a mysterious pathway.
Large boulders in Easton Park frame the dramatic view, giving weight to the left side of the image helping to balance it.
Infrared radiation is dramatically reflected off of clouds and healthy vegetation at Forest Park.
A lens flare highlights a pathway at Leinbach Park.
Horizons Park is the second largest park in Forsyth County. Since there's no infrared radiation reflected due to the absence of clouds, the sky becomes a dramatic black.
Lush vegetation in Little Creek Park looks more like snow thanks to the infrared.
Skyland Park's figure eight looks like a magical vista with the floating clouds above it.
Walkertown Community Park offers an active site for sports and walking, along with a picnic shelter and playground in a wooded area.
According to Willner, "Rupert Bell Park is one of the nicest parks in the city."
The trees at Belview Park look otherworldly.
Will Willner recently logged 750 walking miles — and took almost 2,000 photos while doing so.
That’s a lot of walking, and a lot of images.
Willner was awarded a 2018 Duke Energy Regional Artist Grant by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to photograph landscapes of planned places of either histori-cal or cultural significance. The project evolved into capturing all the parks in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. In total, he photographed more than 80.
“It was a great experience. [The project] took me to parts of the city that I had never been, parts I didn’t know were there,” Willner says.
Using a specially converted infrared (IR) digital camera, his park landscapes have a mag-ical, dreamlike, otherworldly feel to them, letting viewers see the familiar in a previously unseen way. IR radiation can’t be seen by the human eye, but his camera can capture it.
“Nice parks are everywhere throughout the city and county regardless of socio-economic area,” he says. “Doesn’t matter where you live, you have access to a nice park.”
To see more images than those in this issue, visit willwillner.com.
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