A SHORT BIO
Traveling in Europe and the U.S. with, of course, my Canon 5D Mark IV camera in hand has become the refreshing opportunity of my life. Walking through back streets and uncommon areas I find old architecture, alleys, walls, and gardens. I randomly – yet purposely – search for color, texture, beauty and sights that intrigue me — but which tourists possibly miss.
As a native Oregonian, I grew from childhood into adulthood seeing the world visually far more than technically. Aware of this trait of mine, my parents gifted me with a Kodak development kit. With this kit and film, my early training (!) began in the Oregon City Junior High School darkroom. I went on to thrive in high school seeing and shooting with a box camera. I shot and processed black and white rolls of film producing images which, fortunately, were stored for 40 years in a cigar box!
In time, I set aside my camera – except for family photos – to move through the next 50 years as a teacher, a counselor, and businessman. Several years ago – as digital cameras were being introduced – I rediscovered the old cigar box full of grainy, 1950’s era black and white, 2 “x 2” images. I realized I could capture images, again! I purchased my first high-end digital camera — an Olympus 2500 with what was at that time an amazing 2.5 megapixels! This camera reawakened what seems to be a natural skill. And the next rewarding chapter of my life opened.
As the digital age offered not-so-technical, non-film cameras in the early 2000s, I began traveling, shooting more seriously. I enjoyed quietly processing images in my computer with no more need for dangerous processing chemicals. I learned to print my images on acid-free paper, to add a mat and an all-wood frame. And more recently, my image inks are now embedded in metal. Since 2004 I have enjoyed selling my images both commercially and at various juried festivals.
Is Photography Art?
“Photo Art” differs from Journalism. In the “old” days, images in newspapers or magazines were intended to report what was a concrete reality or fact. “Photo Art” is, in fact, an interpretation of reality. As an artist whose medium is photography, I like to capture the light, especially in fog or after a fresh rain, or shoot the sky with cloud textures creating ground shadows. I like most any textured subject, but especially trees, rocks, water and old buildings – or parts of old buildings.
In the computer, I can maximize contrasts and textures to give life and depth to what I have seen and want to capture. Photography is my palatte.
HAVE THE IMAGES BEEN ALTERED OR ENHANCED?
I use “bracketed shooting,” that is, each image has been shot with over-exposure, under-exposure and regular exposure. Then in post-processing I use software to blend and adjust these exposures to give a full range of color which, in turn, enhances the depth and texture of each image. This is done without changing the reality of what I am shooting so that the image looks like what my eyes have seen.
Paper prints are relatively inexpensive to process. In contrast, the embedding and baking ink into metal is a much more expensive process than printing on paper. A metal print requires no frame (unless you want one), as the sturdy reverse side bracing makes it ready to hang or anchor to a wall. Metal prints are durable. They will not break like framed glass, although if dropped, the corners may tweak a little. Is it possible that generations to come, metal prints may end up on a program like PBS’ Antiques Roadshow?