My wife made me do it… (no, really)
Each day, millions of digital images are captured showing how things “look.”
Amid all of that, I wondered why anyone would care about anything I did until my very perceptive wife explained it to me.
“Your images,” she said, “remind people of how they feel about something. It’s not just seeing, it’s feeling.”
To borrow from Paul Simon I realized she probably was right.
The breakthrough came on a trip to Portland, Maine. Tanya and I had just met, but we already knew we were destined to be married. We had a fabulous lunch at a wonderful seafood place in Old Port, and wandered through the downtown.
I snapped some photographs, but none of them captured the vibrancy, the color and the joy I felt that trip. It took several years before I figured out how to transform a simple photograph into something that captured the feeling of the day. The resulting impressionistic image is here on Etsy.
While I love “straight” photography, and you’ll find some of my black and white work here, I’m really very much into expressive photography. Modern digital tools simplify some of the process, but it ultimately comes down to the question facing every artist: What am I trying to say? What am I asking of the viewer?
Millions of people photograph how things look. Far fewer capture how things “feel”. This is impressionism in the modern era.
I particularly appreciate the many kind and thoughtful comments from buyers and visitors who have shared a memory or a sentiment as the result of something I’ve done.
I am enough of a traditionalist to believe that the image on a monitor or cellphone is only halfway to completion.
Getting the color right and selecting the perfect paper is an art all by itself. In the past, I’ve used some of the more traditional photo labs. Because of their volume, they’re usually a cheaper solution but not really a good one. Their automated equipment often makes the wrong choices for anything outside a mainstream image.
So, I’ve taken to doing the smaller prints myself. This provides better quality control, although at somewhat more cost in supplies and time. Right now, I have everything needed need except for larger size images. For those, I use FinerWorks, a custom printer specializing in fine art and high quality images. (I am so looking forward to the conversation with my wife about needing to buy a printer the size of a small refrigerator.)
As the result, larger size prints take a couple of additional days.