Early Morning Convict Reflection
Hi, my name is Bob and I am a photography addict. I just cannot keep a camera out of my hands.
My first commercial photography gig was in high school. I was lucky enough to be able to score a DLSR camera and some nice glass because of the huge discount my brother-in-law got from at the Air Force Exchange. I got lucky again when I took a photography class at a local public park and the teacher taught us Ansel Adam’s Zone Method.
I now was a teenager armed with a camera who knew how to use it. It turned out that I also had an eye for composition. Soon I was the school’s newspaper and yearbook photographer. I doubled down on my photographic equipment investment and bought an enlarger. Soon I was making money selling action photos to the athletes and their parents.
At the same time, I was discovering the Eastern Sierra. A dad of one of my neighborhood friends was a fishing fanatic and would go to June Lake every summer for two weeks. They were gracious enough to invite me along and I have had a decades-long love relationship with the Eastern Sierra ever since. Today, I have a place in Mammoth that acts as my staging area for taking awesome landscape images up and down the Sierra and Owens Valley.
I have been published in the Wall Street Journal and in Mammoth local magazines. I have won multiple juried competitions at various art shows. My work is displayed in the Mono Arts Counsel Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, CA and they tell me I am one of the best-selling contributors in the gallery.
I am a board member of the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council and a member of the Mono Arts Council.
William Authur Ward best states my belief in being active in the causes you believe in when he said “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. I support organizations that work to protect the land I love including the Friends of Inyo, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.
Why do I do what I do? Our world is fast-paced, full of stress and tension. My job as a Director in high-tech sales is full of short deadlines and tense challenges. Nature is exactly the opposite, as it is calm and soothing. If you sit quietly in nature, that calm flows through you. It is the remedy for my stressful world. My photography is a way to bottle that calm to take with me and to share with my audience.
I work with metal wall prints as my medium of choice to effectively have my work project the sense of calmness to the viewer. By their nature they are simple yet vibrant and impactful. They can be big just as nature can be, but still show the little nuances that add character.
As you view my work, I hope I can, even for just a moment, provide you calm in a stressful world that I feel when meandering through the Eastern Sierra and to see nature as something worth protecting.
I will leave you with this quote:
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwit
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