I’m honored to have one of my pieces, “A Dead Rose”, selected by juror Amy Holmes George for inclusion the Darkroom Gallery - Portrait 2019 exhibit.
“The heart doth recognise thee,
Alone, alone! The heart doth smell thee sweet,
Doth view thee fair, doth judge thee most complete,-
Though seeing now those changes that disguise thee.”
Excerpt from A Dead Rose by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Model credit: Astrid Kallsen
A few thoughts on post processing in the digital world.
There is an incredibly large pool of resources available on the Internet and I use many of them regularly. Most of what I use them for is to gain the technical knowledge of the tools to achieve some desired result. That is to say that my approach is to gain the technical knowledge and then the real work begins. The real work being applying that knowledge to achieve the results I’m looking for in my photographs. It’s clear that we work hard and are passionate about our work. Editing, or post processing as I prefer to call it is a critical component in the process of making strong photographs. The result, however, starts at the beginning when the concept is conceived, the set designed, etc… If any of these steps fail or break down, no amount of post processing can fix it. If you begin with a strong concept and image the editing becomes much easier unless you’re doing composites or something that requires extensive post processing in which case the technical skills become more of a factor. Either way it takes time and practice. I’ll spend time post processing images that no one will ever see as a means of developing my vision and the technical skills required to achieve it.
I’ve been attracted to photography and strong photographs for as long as I can remember. There’s an element in them that speaks deeply to me. I’m not even sure I can find words to adequately describe it so let’s just say I love photography and it’s a large part of my everyday life. It provides joy, motivation, excitement reward, satisfaction etc…
My serious commitment to fine art photography and making my own strong pictures began quite a few years ago with a workshop I attended in Maine with Cig Harvey. This workshop was titled “The Photographer’s Eye” and was all about seeing. I think I spent about a year arriving at the decision on the workshop and instructor that I felt would provide the most benefit for me. My decision was perfect and what I learned that week serves as a solid foundation for my photography and the work I do.
The photograph shown here is titled “First Day” and is the representative picture from that week and my foundation in photography. The first assignment for the week on the first morning was to shoot a roll of film (36 exposures) in our rooms before going out of the room. That’s right, 35mm film and no screen on the back of the camera. A huge challenge for the novice that I was at the time. I pushed forward and completed the assignment. The photograph you see here came from that roll of film and still holds deep meaning for me.