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Grant-winner Will Willner photographs our city’s parks through a new lens

Grant-winner Will Willner photographs our city’s parks through a new lens

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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.”

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