Missing the days when I looked for “free art” or feature photos as a newspaper photographer, I saw this youngster getting a haircut along with his father. I walked passed and thought it was a nice slice of life, returned with my camera and captured it. I gave the Sony A7ii file some post processing to make it look like some pushed TriX would have looked when I was working for a newspaper in 1986.
My work is always about the play of light, but light maters not if the spirit of the relationship is lost. This brother and sister have been visiting the studio around New Year’s Day for a couple years now.
Online representations are important in today’s online visual culture.
Here is the her mother’s reaction to my work;
“Thank you for an amazing job! Pictures are awesome!”
I photograph frequently for Purdue University. Recently I visited Dr. Arun Ghosh, in the department of Medicinal Chemistry. Making portraits that tell the story of a person’s passion and career, is something I’ve loved doing since the 1980’s, when I was a student of the works of Arnold Newman and Yousuf Karsh.
I do plenty of fine work with my digital equipment. That said, I hang many prints in my south facing windows. I have some silver halide (black and white) prints that are some 50 years old, along with some of my own that are past a decade. They do not degrade, which is something that can’t be said for color and especially color “giclee” (inkjet) prints. I will continue to make color prints, but always tell the client that UV glass is needed, and display near the sun, should in all cases be avoided.
If you have the inclination, I can, and still do make traditional (silver halide) Black and White Selenium toned prints. I do more than “take pictures,” I make “portraits for the ages,” in more ways than one. These prints also just have a resonance and depth that is very hard if not impossible to beat with more modern digital capture and printing.
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