Most of my formal training in art stems from studying architecture in the early 1960’s. Courses included training that was directly transferable to photography. This opened my eyes to the art world in general. A later course in cinematography opened my eyes in new ways.
My photography grew more serious when I was in the US Army and stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1966 to 1968. While there, I was able to use the photo lab where I developed my own film, printed enlargements, and mounted the photos.
Today, I am pleased to use digital photography in a "green" environment.
People have asked me what kind of photography I do. There is no clear answer. I see art in a variety of places. Some images lend themselves to a traditional presentation whereas other images work better with a more artistic approach. To me, it is the image and the feeling that count, not the genre, so I would not like to be restricted to a single type or format.
Wonderful images are nearly everywhere. It is often necessary to train oneâ€™s sense of vision to see them in a way that is not apparent to most people. For this and other reasons, photography is far more than the press of a button at an opportune time; it is an art that must be practiced with great attention and skill to present an image that is visually appealing and has artistic merit.
Good photography is an art form that rivals and often exceeds other media as it exerts requirements on the photographer that do not apply to other art forms.
A photographer is at the mercy of the environment and does not have the luxury that is enjoyed in other media of creating an image that was not captured by the camera. In most cases, the photographer has no control over the subject and surroundings. The lighting must be right. The composition must be right. The subject must be right. Often, the image must be captured in a fleeting instant. Where a painter can create an image from imagination, a photographer must search for the subject and be there at the right time to catch the light.