then and now
I was 20 years old stationed in Germany in 1970 when I bought my first 35mm camera, an Ashahi Pentax. A couple of years later, while working for the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, I joined a darkroom and photography class. It was here that I began my journey learning about exposure, lighting and darkroom techniques.
Dedication and perseverance Ied me to a darkroom technician job at Cream Studios in London, a full service commercial art studio servicing Saatchi and other major advertising companies. In my time off I would wander London's streets and photograph people, and street life. At night I would go to concerts and pubs and photograph bands.
Today I bring forward to my digital photography three things that I learned back then:
Quality, Composition, and Emotion
My current work is influenced by advertising, street photography, and an emotional attachment to expressionism.
Photography is a chronic addiction and a lifelong journey for me. I will always remember that first magical darkroom experience, and keep that same fascination alive in every project. For there is no mastering of photography, only the journey of discovery that takes place with each new challenge. Call me directly for a free consultation. 832-526-0125
I pay attention to image quality, which includes the perceived sharpness, detail, contrast, and color rendition of the viewed image, whether on a computer screen or in a print. Others may think of this differently, and there are numerous aspects of image quality that can be physically measured for example, lens or print resolution—but what we see is what really matters to me.
Although post-processing and printing can dramatically affect the final result, no amount of digital magic can overcome flaws in the original out-of-camera file. My goal is to achieve the best possible quality in that file, within your own requirements for size, weight, cost, and usability.
Composition is key to all the visual arts ...that certain placement of visual elements that are arranged using conscious thought.
Getting great images in camera and then translating and often combining them in the land of digital photo manipulation and post-processing are some of the tools I use to achieve images with impact, sometimes subtle, sometimes jolting.
Shooting 'from the hip' in street photography has taught me much about capturing feelings and emotions.
If I can convey a feeling or emotion I know I have given the viewer a great gift.