FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Slimdandy!!
This image of an agave plant in my garden was taken in the late afternoon with the sun slightly diffused by clouds. In photoshop, I was able to come close to replicating my warm toned silver gelatin prints by using the color balance sliders on the desaturated image. Then, using a black layer and layer mask, I was able to deepen the blacks.
This image is almost completely drawn in photoshop using one texture. The only photographic element in the image is the car. The rest is illustrated. This is a relatively new direction for me.
1. How long have you been involved in photography?
My mother gave me a German rangefinder when I was nine years old. That thoughtful gift led to a childhood hobby, which led to photography classes in high school and college, which led to graduate work at California Institute of the Arts.
Everything seems to be connected. I became a professional photographer for nearly 30 years and now I teach photography at a local Community College. My mother’s gift just keeps on giving.
2. Equipment you use ?
Right now I’m shooting film with a Leica M-6 ( Yes, still using a German rangefinder). I shoot digitally with an Olympus E-500. I scan my film with a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and I make prints on an Epson Stylus Photo 2000P.
I would like to upgrade my printer in the near future.
3. Mac or PC?
4. What inspires you?
I’m inspired by life in general. For me, it’s all about the light. I look for those situations where the light is expressing itself in a unique and wonderful way.
I am deeply inspired by my beginning photography students. A beginner’s mind is a powerful creative force.
5. Preferred subject matter?
I like to photograph nature, especially in my garden.
I love to shoot ancient ruins that have not been overrun by tourist.
6 Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are on my bucket list.
7. When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
I go within to stillness, meditation, contemplation and visioning.
That may sound trite to some, but it works for me. All the answers are there.
8. Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I have an MFA in Art and Design. About ten years ago I took a year long course in computer graphics that included some instruction in Photoshop. However, most of what I’ve learned about Photoshop has been through experimentation; trial and error.
9. Plans for the future?
I plan to continue teaching photography and sharing my work on Flickr.
10. In one word, describe your photography.