Showing at Corner Gallery Ukiah September 2021
Capturing a moment in time, sharing that emotion, and preserving that documentation, is what draws me to photography. This recording of events is often on my Fujifilm X-T2 camera, but the camera I use most often looks a lot like a phone. I am grateful for the non-judgmental group of mentors in the Ukiah Photography Club who continue to influence my work.
Wildlife with an emphasis on birds is my comfort zone. Action shots are preferred. If I can capture a real life vignette it is always a plus. Wildlife photography fills my basic instinct to hunt but with no damage to any of the parties involved . . . they may be annoyed but not damaged.
The possibility of experiencing new places draws me outside often. A sense of curiosity and wonder in this amazing world provide me with scenes to capture with my camera, not just for myself, but to share with others. At times when I am in awe of a special location, my intent is to bring this feeling to the viewer through photographic images.
Along with baseball and jazz, photography is my passion. I love shooting film with classic cameras and spending the day in my darkroom pursuing the perfect print (yet to be achieved), but I also go digital when convenience dictates. Landscapes and architectural details catch my eye, and oh do I wish there were trains in Ukiah. This year’s photos are mostly pre-pandemic, including one that is literally the last I took before the shutdown and a couple that are reach-backs reimagined. For more go to tomraymondsonphotography.net.
Childhood memories find me stalking turtles and butterflies in Wisconsin. I have always admired the unending complexity of colors and patterns, creating the perfection of form and function in the natural world around me. My camera has been an invaluable tool for documenting my life’s work as a field biologist. As an artist, photography is my medium for sharing the splendors of Nature with others. My most cherished photo destination is a pond within the 40-acre preserve called “Rhuswood”, walking distance from my house. This enchanted place provides solace and opportunities to commune with the wild residents there. The images in this exhibit reflect many joyous times spent with the ducks who visited.
I am a German artist exploring the natural wonders of the American West – always looking for dramatic changes of forms, shapes, colors and light in untouched landscapes that trigger my fantasy. I like adventure camping out under the stars without a tent or just inside in my 4WD truck – especially in remote wilderness areas – far away from city lights – where the night skies display spectacular views of the milky way.
Simplicity and abstraction are my strongest photographic interests, hopefully inspiring serenity and curiosity. The sweeping possibilities between haste and patience leave me with a lifetime of prospecting with cameras. Images with film and digital cameras, as well as print making using traditional and alternative techniques, provide me fertile ground for exploration.