Before I really got into taking my own photographs I spent a lot of time reading/viewing works by Ansel Adams. I would often travel to the public library and get out a few books at a time. I was inspired by his explorations into nature to capture once-in-a-lifetime shots! I enjoyed the textures and character that I found in his photographs. I also admired the process to produce such beautiful pieces of art. Black and white photography became an obsession–and at that time I felt that the only photographs worth my time were those in black and white.
I would estimate that this impacted me so much I exclusively took photos with black and white film for at least the first 5 years of my artistic journey as a photographer. In addition I solely shot nature and architecture scenes– no people, no animals. Photography at this time was about what I liked and what I felt I was capable of doing well. Printing these photos would also add to the decor in my room.
The more I found interest in black and white photography the more I saw it everywhere. I began noticing pictures on everyday greeting cards. I felt that these cards were elegant and classy. As I gained confidence in my ability to take better photographs I decided to also start producing greeting cards of my own for friends and family. My family and friends were (and continue to be) so supportive of this as well. They would often ask for background information of the photograph and said they liked it because they knew it was one-of-a-kind.
This is a picture I began to use for baby and wedding showers:
And the journey continues…
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My vision is to use this tool to share the inspiration behind my photographs; perhaps my intention or background information to help you understand where I am coming from. In a way, I also want to use this forum to track my thoughts and help me to remember my journey as an artist.
To begin, my journey as a photographer started 14 years ago. I spent a lot of time examining black and white photography and decided to take a crack at it myself. My father gave me his old camera, a Minolta 35mm from the 1980s. I am not quite sure of the model–to tell the truth, I wish I still had the camera that started my journey into the art of photography.
I played with light, time, and space using film. It was a lot of trial and error. I found that I would love about one picture per roll of film, but I continued to experiment.
As part of a Chemistry class assignment in High School I decided to do a project on the process of developing photographs. I created my own pin hole camera and developed photographs on black and white photo paper. I found my appreciation for processes of the past deepen, and my interest in playing with current technologies questionable.
Around 2000 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave my 35mm camera and go for digital. Would it still be photography? Would the quality be the same? Would I still be in control; be the artist?
Obviously, you will see the result of this inner debate throughout my posts.
One of my first pictures I was proud to say I took:
It is a scanned copy (scanned in 2000) of a photograph, explains the quality.