Photography as Art
Great photographs are to be found nearly everywhere, but not all of them are apparent at first glance. A lot of my photographs come from exploring the outdoors, sometimes no further away than my own backyard. I find it enjoyable to go exploring with a camera, not knowing ahead of time what I may find.
I had my first experience with photography when I was about 10 years old. I took some pictures with a small box camera and then delivered the film to a local drug store for processing. After what seemed like an eternity I got the film back and could see my first fuzzy pictures of nature. My pictures were far from being spectacular but the experience opened up a new world for me.
My world opened up again when I discovered what can be done with digital photography. There are many traditional photographic techniques such as using filters, long exposures, different film types and making contact prints. I often ask myself, "How can I do this same sort of thing with a digital camera or a scanner?" I've found that by experimenting I can duplicate many of these traditional methods used by photographers.
When I am working on a photograph I often think of the words of Ansel Adams, “The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.” I often make adjustments for color balance and contrast before I print a photograph. These adjustments are necessary to render the true essence of what it felt like when I took the picture. My goal is to make the most of what I initially captured. I feel that my photographs are most successful when they show not only what was there at the moment but also evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
Viewers’ responses are often surprising and many times come from their own personal experiences. I know that when I view one of my photographs I replay in my mind the experience I had when I created it. I enjoy displaying my photographs in public places and listening to visitors’ comments. I also enjoy the hunt for the next great photograph. contact
Above the City of Rocks
Submitted on Monday, June 05, 2006
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