I am an Artist. Digital Photography is my medium.
Founder of The Light Foundry
From Wikipedia: The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φῶς (phōs), “light” and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light“.
All Photographers interprete a scene, a portrait, an event. No photograph is “realistic” as much of the overall scene is missing. Our other senses are suspended nor can they be included in a still photograph. This is what makes still photography so interesting and challenging. To capture a moment and tell a story, convey a feeling, to transport the viewer to another place. If even only for a moment. Art is necessary.
I was given my first camera at about 10 years old. A Kodak DuoFlex film camera. It did one thing; it took a picture. No fancy dials or settings. Just point and click. By my mid teens I was trusted with my father’s Kodak 35 Signet 35mm Rangefinder camera. Again, film. But this time I had settings to play with, a hand held light meter and a great lens.
Backpacking in the High Sierra Mountains of California for up to 2 weeks at a time I would only have 3 rolls of 36 exposure film for the entire trip. It made you think, decide what was really important to take an image of. It would be weeks before you even knew if any would come out at all after developing the film.
In my late teens I purchased an early Canon SLR (single lens reflex) camera. I was, for the first time, seeing through the lens of the camera when I looked through the viewfinder. Still 35mm film. It also had through the lens metering. A new thing! I had this camera until 1982 when water got into it in Alaska and destroyed the inner workings.
My photography days were over for the next 25 years. Life was busy, no time to take photos except with those new fangled disposable cameras while on vacation….
Fast forward to 2007 when I moved to Sedona Arizona. I was going crazy not being able to take good photos of this beautiful area. I got my first consumer grade digital camera. 4mp. I was still not happy as the focus time was slower than molasses in winter. I move up each year to a newer better camera. Still no joy. I needed a professional grade camera. In 2012 I purchased the newly release Canon 5D MIII. 23 MP, a true professional camera. For the first time since I was a kid and using the Kodak Signet, I had a camera that did what I asked it to do. And it did it fast! A whole new world opened up for me.
I turned Pro later that year.
My early influences where my Grandfather and Ansel Adams. My grand father was part of the Los Angeles Kodachrome Society and very involved with photography. His many trips to Yosemite and other national parks created many wonderful images. We still have them on as prints and slides. He carried a Kodak Signet and a number of other interesting cameras. What can you say or add to the name, Ansel Adams…
I am now surrounded by a number of great professional Photographers and Artists. We are good friends with a passion for capturing light.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine published Photographer – Article
I am an Artist, I paint with light.