My first experience with photography dates from when I was 11. My father had some black and white films to develop from a vacation we just had in Greece. I have fond memories of the darkroom he brought me to. The quiet ambiance from the dim red light, the overwhelming smell of vinegar above the developing bath, the pictures hanged with pride to dry on a stretched rope. Everything around me was special, carefully positioned, sacred.
30 years later, the world of photography couldn’t be any more different. With a camera in everyone’s pocket, it became a commodity. Fine art photography needs to go further that what simply meets the eyes to maintain attention. The equipment pushes the boundaries of what can be captured. The darkroom now does much more and fits on my lap while I sip my triple cappuccino with soy (Father would NOT approve). Even the printing mediums have changed, from paper to metal or glass. Whether it’s Fine Photography – sorted by subject, where the output is closer to what film photography was about, or Art Photography – sorted by series, where I involve a lot of post-processing work to create something beyond reality, this website showcases samples of my contributions to the 8th art. And more often than not, I find myself in a situation where people are asking me how I took those shots, how I pick my locations, what equipment I use, how I process it, etc. And this is where this website can become more useful.
That’s the beauty in art, it’s never finite. The more we share, the more it gives. We share ideas, prospects, projects, and new ideas arise, new art gets created. And much in this spirit, this website will go beyond the gallery of my work, but also explain how it got to be. Not just giving answers to the how to, but also provide links to educations resources and vendors when special equipment is involved. I will also post where I am exposed, and where to meet with me, because nothing beats discussing in person, and because my outrrrrageous French accent is too horrendous to hide behind a computer screen.
Every post here will be duplicated on my Facebook Page to ease social sharing, but you are welcome to leave your comments using your Facebook credentials. The initial goal is to get one article per week, and we’ll see where my workload can take me…