For over 40 years, I have had a passion for fine art photography. Until a few years ago, I concentrated on black and white fine art prints. Tonalities, textures, contrasts, and forms can often be rendered best in the absence of color. Today, however, digital technology has enabled me to produce color images with tonal and other controls that did not exist in the film era. Nevertheless, I still have a preference for black and white photography.
Photographers are often asked: "What camera do you use?" Of course a good camera can make better pictures than a cell phone or point and shoot. However, given a certain level of camera and lens quality, the more important question to the photographer is : "What did you do before and after you clicked the shutter?" In making photos, I carefully consider the nature, direction, and quality of light, composition, and camera settings. Then I spend hours and sometimes days processing each selected image in software.
Many of the black and white images were made with film and a 4 X 5 camera. The resulting negatives were scanned and processed in Photoshop. Digitally captured images were taken in the RAW format which provides much greater processing control than compressed formats.
Some photographic critics view digital photography with disdain, because of the many possible manipulations to the image. This view is only relevant in instances where the photographer represents the work as factually correct, such as in journalistic and historical photographs. If the photographer represents his or her work as art, then there are no boundaries. Digital photography has made creative possibilities almost endless. Like painters have done for centuries, I sometimes remove distracting elements or make other changes that depart from a literal representation. In a few images, i have used software to provide a painterly look.
I hope you enjoy the images on my website.