About The Photographer
I am a native westerner, born in Wheatland and raised in Casper, Wyoming. However, the landscapes of the Hoosier heartland have captured my
heart and informed my art.
Although born and bred a westerner, it was Florida that first awakened my dormant love of photography. In the early 80’s, while living in
Daytona Beach, my friends introduced me to the magic of developing silver gelatin black and white prints in the darkroom, and I haven’t
looked back or regretted it since. My interest in the medium and its potential did not wane during the 80’s.
In l988, I decided to return to Wyoming and launch into serious study of the medium. Two years later I received an associate’s degree in
commercial photography from Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming. This was followed by six years of professional photojournalism in the
employ of newspapers in Glendive and Lander, Wyoming.
Propelled by an urge to teach and share my love of photography, my wife Harumi and I moved to Tempe, Arizona where I obtained my bachelor’s
degree in fine art photography from Arizona State. Studies there swayed me to shift from the austerities of black and white to the
lushness of color. The beauty and textures of the low Sonoran desert were particularly suited to a color palette, and by the same token my
subject matter shifted to nature. My expressiveness at this point was driven by a desire to call attention to nature’s beauty and subtleties.
Continuing my studies at Arizona State, I earned a master’s degree in photo history and in the process experimented with platinum palladium and
Van Dyke prints, a little-known process used in the early 1800’s before the advent of electricity. This technique utilizes direct sunlight to
expose and create the print.
After a brief stint in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we moved to Columbus Indiana in the year 2000. This signaled another important shift in my
approach to photography. Digital was coming into its own, and I jumped at the opportunity to expand my knowledge in this area. Digital is
particularly attractive to me and many other photographers because the work can be done under conventional lighting and without messy chemicals.
Although the we were loathe to leave the grandiose beauty of the Arizona mountains and deserts, I kept an open mind and have found new inspiration
for my nature work in the fields, farmlands and parks of the midwest. There is beauty all around us. All you have to do is slow down and look.
By so doing, I found out that there is an amazing amount of beauty in the American heartland.
Moving to Columbus allowed me to connect with the local dance community and rediscover the fun of photojournalism in a new setting. I apply the
same philosophy to the context of dance as I do to my nature photography. You don’t have to understand all of the dance moves, if you just look
closely at the artistry of the dancers, the way they move and the grace and style they put into those moves… it is as beautiful as anything Mother
Nature ever created.
Occasionally, however, just for the love of craft, I break out the old darkroom equipment and return to the traditional methods I first learned
over 25 years ago. .There is nothing like watching a new image being born as it floats in a tray of developer.
I work out of my business, Stillframes Photography, which is located in the Heartland Center at 408 Washington St. in Columbus Indiana. There
I photograph fine art for artists, create fine art prints from their original paintings and maintain a state-of-the-art graphic design studio.
About The Process
I do all my own photography, printing, stretching and preparation of prints. All my prints are giclee prints. Giclee is a french word meaning spray.
It describes how inkjet printers place ink on the surface.
The difference between regular inkjet printers and giclee printers is the giclee printers
use pigmented inks and the printer has to use at least eight different inks.
Most of my prints are printed on canvas. I went to the canvas surface because I like what the texture of the canvas does to the photographic image.
After printing the image, I stretch the canvas onto stretcher bars like a painting. The only difference is that I wrap the image around the edge so you can choose hang the photograph with or without a frame.
Once the canvas is stretched it is sprayed with a clear coat of acylic lacquer with UV protectant. This seals the canvas making
it water resistant and it helps protect the image from fading. Giclee prints are very durable. The manufacturer states that under
proper care and conditions the canvas will last more than 100 years without fading.
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