Greetings from Richmond, California. The other Bay Area city, a city not unknown to the 20th century West Coast Masters.
• My 1st Camera: A Folgers Coffee can, pinhole camera (ca. 1973).
• Wannabe like: AA (technique), Callahan and Cartier-Bresson (vision), Michael Kenna (style).
• Experience: '80s - Kodachromes to Cibachromes. Published in the late '80s, shown (gallery) in the early '90s. Digitals published recently in Company brochures.
• Why analogue: I was recently schooled by 20-somethings that film was not dead….and dammit they're right!
• Day Job: Engineering (that's why I can only write in bullets--I'm dangerous with PowerPoint).
Analogue Anecdote: In 1998 I was viewing a large Koichiro Kurita silver print. The image at first glance was rather banal, a calm marsh but the water was smooth as glass. I was perusing the print at a distance of about 5-feet, before moving on to the next something caught my eye, I thought I spotted a flaw in the print, a tiny speck on the water. I got in close, 10-inches or so to inspect the flaw. Well I'll be...that speck was a water bug perched on the water tension. I saw each leg finely etched, under the legs I saw the water deform under the weight of the water bug. I then changed my glance to the marsh grasses whose tips converged to infinitely sharp points. In awe I spent the next 20 minutes inspecting every detailed inch of that print. This simple picture enthralled me.
Kurita-san is why I’m here, that water bug has been taunting (haunting) me to learn the fine art and craft of Black and White photography. So I’m taking the plunge, getting back in the saddle. I look forward to becoming a contributing member of this fine community, but frankly at the moment I am a bit intimidated and quite humbled by the talent, knowledge and experience assembled on this forum. Sean, you’ve done a great job.