My interest in photography started back in the 50's with a Kodak Brownie. By early 60's had graduated to 35mm rangefinder; but not till late 70's did I get an SLR. Since 2002, I've primarily been using large format cameras . During 2004, added medium format cameras for their versatility, and 8X10 view cameras (Burke & James Grover and Kodak Master View) for their large size negatives suitable for contact printing. Summer 2006, I also added a 7X17 panoramic format camera. It seems a perfect fit for Florida's landscapes.
I use the camera, whatever format, as a means of exploring and understanding the world around me and as a way of appreciating the details of the area I'm in. I had lived almost half my adult life in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area and explored the area with my camera. There is such a rich diversity in that area that doing photography was easy. I've lived in the Jacksonville area for over twenty years, but only in past decade have I photographed the area. I had to come to terms with the area - learn to be interested in its history and appreciate its beauty. The pictures on this website reflect that interest.
Almost all the images are B&W. Why not color? I grew up "reading" Life and Look magazines and associated good photography with B&W. Color images may have been an indication of progress, but they often seemed fuzzy like those early TV color images (or the typical newspaper color print). Another reason for B&W is I consider photography to be like Bonsai - you pare away the superfluous elements, such as the subject's color, in order to get to its form, texture, reflectivity, tonal range, and ultimately to its essence.
The images on this website are scans or digi-snaps of actual prints.The images are taken with film
and either enlarged or contact printed in my darkroom. They reflect my deep interest in
traditional photographic techniques and craftmanship. To me, photography is much more than the final result. I have to enjoy the process. Hopefully, the pleasure I take in creating the images is reflected in the final prints.
|Sites I Visit
Analog Photography Users Group Discussion of Traditional Processes
Unblinking Eye Articles
Alternative Photography Articles
Art of Platinum Printing
Light Farm Silver Emulsion & Dry Plate
Large Format Camera Forum
The Online Photographer
Visual Science Lab
GEH: International Museum of Photography and Film
National Episcopal Historians and Archivists
|Sites I Patronize
Bostick & Sullivan Supplies
Art Craft Chemicals Supplies
Photographers Formulary Supplies
FreeStyle Photo Supply
Alt Photo Products
Hopf Ground Glass GG Replacement Specialist
|Durst L1000 Manual|
|Rules of Composition|