CYPRESS STUDY series wins in the 2017 American Photographic Artists' Awards!
EXCITING STUFF!!! I just received some great news. More info to come, when APA releases more information...
Judged by five of North America's top agency and editorial art buyers, the 2017 APA Awards features top photographers in the Advertising, Editorial, and Fine Art worlds.
This years contest features high profile judges that represent an excellent cross section of the photography buying community.
- Laurie Kratochvil - Photo Director/Editor
- Maya Robinson Art Director, Photography and Visual, NY Magazine
- Kenneth Zane, Producer, Leo Burnett
- Katie Buntsma, Art Producer, Team One
- Jennifer Lamping, Director of Art Production, Ruben Postaer and Associates
- Advertising. Image commissioned for and used in any type of advertising or social media.
- Corporate. Image shot for corporate client or non-profit business.
- Editorial. Image commissioned from any type of editorial publication online or print.
- Photojournalism. Image captured for documentary, journalistic or street photography.
- Personal Project. Self commissioned image for art or promotion.
- Series. Multiple images on same subject, any category.
- Student or Emerging. Less than 2 years as a professional photographer.
We all have different ways of viewing things, which is part of the spice of life. Recently, I was on Acadia's NPS site to check out something on the park map, and noticed the banner photograph at the top of their homepage, which was taken very close to the vicinity of where I made the above image: TIDAL IV, 2015. Both images are of the same basic scene, but were made using two completely different approaches; literal and non-.
I choose to take the non-literal approach with my work, because I like the viewer to enjoy the design elements I try to pull from a natural scene, and not get too lost in the details. Neither approach is right or wrong, but they "show" you the same place in such different ways.
I recently had an awesome conversation with Redski, of Red Town Photography, as part of his series of artist interviews, which he's done with so many great artists. We touched on some great topics, which sort of sum up how and why I do what I do.
Flattered at the opportunity...
You can view the interview by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.
In early May, I spent three days at Point Reyes, camping and photographing Central California's coast. My time was spent camping in the wilderness, and hiking up and down endless trails to photograph this absolutely beautifully rugged landscape.
There's nothing like camping in the scenes you're photographing, to experience what goes on there 'round the clock. One night, I was awakened by a pack of coyotes at 3am, just outside my tent. The next night, it was an elephant seal that wanted to stay up later than I did.
Time slows down in these situations, and you see what's around you more sharply, and with a deeper understanding of your subject. You're not just a passerby, snapping a photo as a memento.
Please enjoy the selection of photographs from this study.
The Owens Valley, which runs along the eastern side of the Sierra Range in central California has some amazing features, which I've driven by so many times, eager to photograph. A month ago, I spent a few days, and ventured into this expansive valley to photograph the ridges, volcanic domes and moraine fields in a way to show their mass and permanence against the skyline.
Two of my works, POUND NET I and POUND NET III, 2015 are included in a group show with Rebekah Jacob Gallery the month of June. A reception is being held Friday, June 23rd – see map below.
The show also contains beautiful pieces of personal work from fashion photographer Caroline Knopf, Mark Stetler (seen in above grouping), color-toned works from Gross and Daley, and collodion prints by Ben Nixon.
Elegance & Decadence is showing through July 1, 2017.
For inquiries, contact Rebekah Jacob Gallery at +1-843-872-6019
On a recent road trip across Central California, I decided to divert through Napa and Sonoma's wine country. I wish I could say that I stopped to do a wine tasting or two, but I kept things straight business. Here are four photographs from my adventures...
Excited to share my current printed portfolio, as of May, 2017. Enjoy!
Sounds a bit critical, but to me, composition is the single-most important element of a photograph. This particular image was composed a few times, while I balanced atop these piers, making subtle movements with the tripod, even moving to different piers (trying not to get wet), until I achieved the composition I was looking for. Then, ONE exposure was made of it, on a single sheet of film.
Putting the camera in the right position is everything...well not everything, but it's critical. Take the composition of Carolina Beach I (below), for example... That little nubby guy there. The one that juuuuust creeps into the frame of the final image below. Too much of it would be a distraction at the bottom of the frame. Had it not been included, there would be a visual void in its spot, and the first piling on the left would feel too close to the edge of the frame.
Without getting into a light quality discussion, camera placement, combined with lens choice is...well...everything in black and white photography. We can't rely on the beautiful colors of a sunset like this one to salvage wonky, unbalanced compositions.
Hot new news: I'm now a resident artist at Ballantyne Framing & Art in New Bern, NC!
Come check it out. There are also awesome new paintings on display by Donna Nyzio, Jessica Singerman, Ed Macomber, and Shannon Semple.
I've gone on and on to people about how awesome my 4x5 camera body is, and I'll do it here on the internet.
I own tons of gear...one of the best digital medium format cameras money can buy, which I love. BUT...nothing compares to my Chamonix. Nothing.
Each of their cameras is hand-made microbrew style in a small wood shop in Asia, and the build quality is unreal. The way I work in the field, I need the most rigid camera available, and even though this body weighs far less than others, it is so much more sturdy than any other brands' offering.
You can view the Chamonix Camera gallery page of other fine photographers by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.
We just hung our newest exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which runs April 1-June 30, 2017. Please check it out, if you have a chance.
The collection of photographs entitled PULSE focuses on how water shapes our world, as the tides are like the Earth's heartbeat.
The Aquarium is open seven days a week from 9-5.
Here's the online version of a recent feature in the February, 2017 issue of artGuide.
Oh, yeah!!! Over the moon to have a photograph of mine featured on Ilford's website. If you're unfamiliar with Ilford, they are an England-based manufacturer of black and white films, photographic papers, and black and white chemistry. They've been around basically forever, and lived in the shadow of Kodak through film's hay day. Since Kodak's recent drastic shrinking, Ilford has emerged as the backbone of black and white film photography, which for photographers like me, is awesome, because although digital is a hundred times easier to work with, nothing...literally nothing can replace the way I use large format film.
So...anyway...Ilford featured one of my photographs on their site recently. Couldn't be happier...
Absolutely flattered at the opportunity to have an upcoming exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores from April 1st through June 30th. I will be showcasing a bunch of new work that I'm excited to roll out.
More information will be available about the exhibit as it gets closer.
Got the call for a last-minute opening for a show the other day. Opens tonight. Tight timeline, but we were able to turn some pieces around, and fill the walls.
Here's a teaser of what is showing.
The show is hanging through the month of February at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Salter Path in Atlantic Beach, NC. If you're in town, check it out! Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9-5.
What kind of gear do you use? All of my fine art work is photographed on 4x5 inch black and white film. I never shoot digital, because I feel that digital makes most photographers less focused. Film shooting is broken down into individual exposures. If you’re shooting a roll of 35mm, you have 36 exposures. It is quantifiable. With digital, you can have a card in your camera that may hold a thousand images. There’s less pressure to concentrate on what exactly you’re trying to accomplish.
When I’m in the field, I generally have about a dozen sheets of film with me, as film holders are bulky and heavy. In a year, I will make about a hundred exposures. Many photographers working digitally will make a dozen quick snapshots of their surroundings, just to look at the screen on their camera to see if the camera picked up anything they should actually photograph. When you have limited chances, you’re more likely to become more in-tune with your subject.