Photography as a Passion
My first visual and emotional connection with a photograph was
a B&W photograph by W. Eugene Smith, printed in Life Magazine.
I still remember that moment in my parents’ house, when
I found myself just staring at that photograph for a long time.
Later it would be known as the 20th century Pieta.
I sought out as much as I could about his life and work, and also
other photographers, both B&W and Color, and how they do what
they do and why. Now many years later, his life as a dedicated
photojournalist and his amazing B&W photographs still remain
the first source of photographic inspiration for me.
At one point at mid-life, while dealing with a serious medical
illness, I discovered a creative refuge in photography classes
with darkrooms. There, I was able to stand in a quiet place and
watch the magic of the photographic print in the tray. The world
of photography was changing rapidly as digital cameras and digital
printing were coming in. I was fortunate to have had access to
excellent courses and lectures in both analogue and digital photography
here in Seattle. I learned so much from excellent, devoted educators
of photography. They taught me to appreciate the art of photography
and not chase the technique aimlessly.
During this early period, I also discovered Imogen Cunningham’s
photographic work. I believe she gave up a lot as a woman, having
to make choices in her personal life to become a successful and
respected photographer. She is on the top of the list of women
photographers in my mind.
After several more years of exploration in both B&W and Color,
both analogue and digital, I am now doing more and more of Alternative
Photographic Processes. It allows me to combine both the old and
the new. I like the hands- on artistic process and still get that
“ahh” moment which is lacking in digital printing.
It is something the computer printing process cannot match, even
with all its photoshop options.
Not having instant gratification is a good thing in life. I have
come to appreciate the power of digital photography, but I would
never let go of the depth of analogue photography. It’s
still fun and relevant, and being able to combine both techniques
In this phenomenal era of instant electronic communications, instant
replays, and fast paced life, I look towards photography as a
place where I can go and reflect in real time. In many ways, photography
has shown me the way to not only capture that “decisive
moment” in time, but also to slow down the time and create
The LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oregon. The exhibit
“Altered Views, An International Exhibit of Alternative
Process Photography”, Sept – November 2014,
juried by S. Gayle Stevens.
Honorable Mention for “The Clamdiggers”, a Lith print
Brass and Bellows Gallery, St. Croix, Minnesota
“An Alternative”, April 1- May 3, 2013, juried by
two images, “The Bridal Gown”, a Cyanotype print and
“Solarized Truck” a Lith print.
Clarridge Gallery Photography Exhibit , Bellevue, Wa., December
Two Photographs in the group show: “The Bridal Gown”,
a Cyanotype print.
“Variation #1”, a Blue Van Dyke print.
LongShot exhibit, an annual event at Photographic Center Northwest
gallery (PCNW), Seattle, Wa.
One digital color image, untitled, entered and sold. June 2012.
Photographic Center Northwest Annual photo book publication, by
Faculty, Alumni, Students.
Volume 2. , 2008, Seattle, Wa.
Two photographs : “Canal du Midi”, both lith prints.
“The World of Lith Printing” by Tim Rudman who is
a founding member and subsequent Chairman of the Royal Photographic
Society. He is the pioneer of lith printing and has written excellent
books on the process.
160 pages of lith print photographs from around the world. Page
#123, 2 photographs: “Old Treasures” and “Window
Blouse.” published in London, 2006:
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