Photographer and Videographer
My introduction to photography was a required course for an undergraduate architectural degree. After developing film and printing my first black and white photographs, I discovered the excitement of capturing and developing an image. During my military service and after graduate school, I traveled in Asia and Europe studying architecture and taking photographs.
Because of employment, I drifted away from photography for about 25 years. During fall 2002 and spring 2003, I took a sabbatical to pursue academic interests, study architecture, and travel in the United States and Europe. During this time, I rediscovered the excitement of the capturing and developing images. Several years ago, I have made the transition from film to digital while still using the principles of photography learned from film and the wet darkroom. Recently, my interest in images has been extended to video. Because of my interest in video as art, I co-organized and curated the Chippewa Valley Film Festival. For the past three years, I have been an assistant to a K-5 art teacher developing for and implementing art projects in the classroom.
One of the major influences has been the Russian/Soviet, German,and American cinematography during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s with the work of Sergei Eisenstien, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Wells, etc. The use of camera angle, lighting, composition, etc, in films of this period have been an influence in my photography and videography. In my work, I am looking to take a familiar view and capture part or the whole view in an artistic way. Presently, my work is evolving from the “naturalistic image” to a more creative vision of an image using digital software for both photography and video.
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