I enjoy photograhy as a visual language to express things that I couldn't express with words. Black & White photography allows me to portray a world that is an escape from reality. A world that is more ethereal, moody and symbolic. My Black & White images are very graphic and minimalist. Often I will alter the light, and simplify the compositional elements to craft an image that stirs an emotion or tells a story. Website:johnwiet.comTom:Judy:
I started photography many years ago making traditional darkroom color slides. I progressed into printing color and monochrome images, drifting occasionally into the world of non-standard modified imagery for unique and unusual images. With the advent of digital photo manipulation, this became a larger draw for my creative vision. Recently I became involved with infrared image capture, exploring the world of unique vision not visible to the normal eye. I currently intend to devote most, if not all, of my creative energy to ethereal images.
My first exposure to photography was in a Chicago Boy's Club Darkroom at 13 years of youth. It was true magic and the bug bit hard. After a short time I drifted away, but the bug lay dormant for almost 30 years and when it reawakened, I bought a camera and a used set of inexpensive darkroom equipment and moved into the laundry room for untold hours of pure ecstasy! The hobby became a passion, camera clubs and their competitions became a quest for art and experimentation, and time literally flew by, especially when the digital environment exploded.
Today, I am happily involved in exploring the absolutely wonderful, powerful plethora of image manipulation tools in the various digital programs available to us. I am no longer interested in "pretty pictures" only, but truly enjoy stretching the limits if there are any to produce extremely personal images. Much, but not all, of my latest work has morphed into what I like to call photo based art.
I love photography. It is an extension of myself, a medium of expression that documents a moment in time or illustrates a dream. My images are eclectic, ever evolving, and focus primarily on the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Whether I am portraying a subject in its finest light or creating an abstract rendering, I invite my viewer to pause, reflect and, most of all, enjoy.Website: www.palmasprints.com