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About

Why "Light Etchings" as the name for this site?  I chose it as a play on the word "photograph".  It's not a more correct term, but I think it implies that light does something other than "drawing" in the creation of an image, whether on film or a silicon wafer. In other words, photons interact  with or "etch" a site, whether a silver halide grain or a pixel, creating an analog signal that must be processed by various means, whether by a computer, including the camera, or an enlarger, to produce the "graph" or image.  Beyond that bit of jargon, I hope you enjoy "Light Etchings."

I'm a retired academic with a long-standing interest in photography going back to a Kodak Brownie and a Kodak Duaflex.  Professionally, I taught histology (microscopic anatomy) to medical students and captured a few thousand images with light and electron microscopes along the way.  The framing, composition, contrast and sharpness of those images were critical to a research narrative, necessitating chemical darkroom work with the negatives and silver gelatin prints.  In other words, I'm old school in photography - with different instruments.  So, shooting now with a vision of an emotion to be expressed, a memory to be recalled, a story to be told or perhaps a print to be made is really a throwback to to earlier times.

As you will see, I process both colour and monochromatic images (yes, I "Photoshop"), but for me the latter is more challenging and more expressive.  You might note that some of my monochromes are toned, others not, depending on my whim.  However, given the fact that not all images are suitable for monochrome I process and show both.

Where do I shoot?  My time is mostly spent between Colorado/Wyoming and North Carolina with two lovely and lovable companions, my wife Peggy and our little schnauzer, Maggie.  Each is brilliant in her own way; one offers opinions on my images; both inspire me.

Who are my other photographic inspirations?  There are many, but perhaps a few will cover the field.

Overall:

Thinkers like Brooks Jensen and Guy Tal, not techies.

Good photo friend and conversationalist:

Dwight Lutsey

In the beginning:

Bruce Barnbaum (http://barnbaum.com): Bruce's "The Art of Photography" (I read it three times) lifted me out of the world of camera clubs and into an artistic frame of mind.

Guy Tal (http://guytal.com):  Photographic artist and writer, a real inspiration. "More Than a Rock" was a three-time read.

Ansel Adams (seeing his prints up close is revelatory), 

Nature:

William Neill (http://portfolios.williamneall.com)  Although I shoot a variety of subjects, Nature imaging is probably my greatest comfort zone, and William Neill is my "go to" for an online meditative experience as well as artistic inspiration.

Seeing:

Sam Abel (http://samabell.com): Watch his video on B&H, "The Life of a Photograph"

B&W:  

Cole Thompson (http://colethompsonphotography.com): Simplicity.

Julia Anna Gospoderou ( https://www.juliaannagospodarou.com): Shaping one's vision.

Color:

Guy Tal (https://guytal.com): Almost surreal work.

Brad Hill (http://www.naturalart.ca): Superb wildlife photographer, often with restful color renditions. 

Philosophy:

Jack Spencer (http://jackspencer.com): Photographing with emotion.

Guy Tal (https:guytal.com): Art, science, music, and solitude.

Cole Thompson (http://colethompsonphotography.com): Art and vision. 

Bruce Barnbaum (http://barnbaum.com): See above