Thanks to improved imaging and printing technology and the development of superior materials, all of my photographic prints are state-of-the art. For my entire career, I have worked in the field with film cameras, primarily with a 4x5 wood field camera. I produced a transparency or negative, which I then scanned with a drum scanner to obtain a high-resolution digital file. With that file, the work I used to do in the darkroom - dodging, burning, and color and contrast control—I can now do on my computer.
But 2011 brought a change, as I embraced the new digital technology. I found a medium format digital camera that I could afford and that nearly equals the quality of my old film 4x5. I have been using the digital camera a great deal lately. The convenience of the digital camera makes it irresistible because the results are immediate—I can check my composition and lighting on the spot, instead of shooting, developing, and then finding out that I have to return to the location to photograph it again. It is my intention to have a body of work with the traditional film camera and a new body of work with the digital camera.
The majority of the work you see in the gallery today was produced with the film 4x5; the gallery personnel will be happy to help you distinguish between my film and digital images.
My prints, both color and black-and-white, are mounted on acid-free rag board and numbered and signed in pencil on the mount board. Assisted by today’s technology, I make every effort to protect your print so it will give you decades of viewing pleasure.
The Print Process
As I described previously, when I shoot film, I produce a color transparency or black-and-white negative which I have scanned to create a digital file. When I have the image I want, the color image file is exposed directly to Fuji Crystal archive photographic paper with a LightJet 5000 digital printer, using read, green, and blue laser beams.
While the images are processed using traditional photographic chemistry, the results are sharper and more vibrant than any other method available today. Fuji Crystal Archive paper is recognized as having superior archival qualities. The images will not fade or discolor for decades if exhibited under normal display conditions. The print process is the same for images I create with my new digital camera.