I have been doing photography for something over 40 years, starting with a folding camera and black & white 120 roll film. Over time I have dabbled with various formats but mostly I have worked in 35mm. I enjoyed the versatility of the 35mm SLR and took on the challenge of making high quality images from this small format.
Little by little I moved from the purely mechanical cameras like my late, lamented Nikon F, through the modern Nikon 35mm cameras until I have finally embraced the digital world. I now shoot with a Nikon D200 and the Beseler 45MX darkroom has been replaced by a computer, Photoshop, and an archival pigment printer. The image quality and creative control that you can get with the "digital darkroom" is just astounding.
After more than 40 years, I have come full circle, returning me to photography as art after a career in visual communication.
My first “real” full-time job was with a small photo studio, where I spent many hours in the darkroom making black and white prints both for my employer and (during off hours, of course) for myself. I even had my own enlarger installed in the company darkroom for a time.
Then I moved from still photography to television and video. Over the next 30 years I worked as a producer/director for broadcast television and video training, and as an instructional designer for multimedia training. Along the way I started designing web sites.
My photographic experience is as diverse as it is long and includes commercial, industrial, architectural, scenic and landscape, as well as what might be construed as “fine art”.
My images have been described as having a strong sense of movement - a sense that something is about to happen. This, I believe has to do with the kind of dynamic balance that I try to achieve with my images. I always look for compositions that contain strong design elements, even when photographing people.
Although color photos are now much more satisfying using the digital process, I find that black and white is still my favorite mode.
With the great progress in the development of digital tools for photography over the last few years, the debate is pretty well settled as to whether digitally captured and processed images are valid art forms.
To me, photography is about the image, and the photographer's vision. Enlargers, darkroom chemicals, computers, Photoshop, printers, etc. are nothing more or less than tools for translating the photographer's vision into a medium that can enjoyed by others.