Thousands of slides later, I still have that camera. Many of my photographs from my time in Spain, Italy and Greece still survive as Ektachrome 64 slides that I will someday scan into digital.
All photography is about light. All photographers state that they “paint” with light. I look for more than just light, I look for textures, tones and colors. I find that the quality of light at the moment I click the shutter will bring out or reveal a color, tone or texture that wasn’t obvious just minutes before and will disappear minutes after. I revel in the gloriousness of the world around me, and sometimes I feel like a kid in awe of the simple beauty that I see before me.
I now capture and print images digitally – the same eye that I developed as a younger man but hopefully a wiser eye, bringing out the subtle or bold colors depending on how I have envisioned the photograph, incredible papers each designed to bring out special qualities of the photographs that I see. Each photograph is the work of my own hands. I do all my own printing and framing, and I do it to archival standards, which means my photographs will look like new for many years. You will pass these photographs on to your children and hopefully to your grandchildren when their time comes.
However, none of this is important if the photographs don’t engage you, don’t grab you, don’t claim you. Each one is an invitation to participate in a story. I just don’t take photographs, I capture memories — memories I share and pass on to you.
Comments or questions are welcome.
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