Professional photography is in an interesting state, considering rapid changes in technology and in the way that information is shared today, and will be shared tomorrow. Nearly everybody carries not only a camera in their pocket, but one that provides instant results that can be shared with anybody nearly anywhere in the world within seconds. This doesn’t seem as impressive as it did just a dozen or so years ago, as it has now become the norm. 

I can remember my first camera, a 110 film Kodak. Twenty four clicks, twenty four pictures, then it was time to wait, weeks, months; I don’t really recall how long it was before I saw my results, or how long it was before I had another cartridge to put into my camera for another round of images. I know that what I saw through the viewfinder, and what I saw in my mind was always different from the result on the print that eventually came. Time went by, I got older, was trained on a 35mm SLR, worked with black and white in a darkroom. These were building blocks. Even in the darkroom days, I was in a college class, there were only 24 or 36 shots on a roll, then time to develop. After the class ended I still took pictures for a while but didn’t have the darkroom, and honestly my interests were elsewhere, so my photography fell out. I didn’t get my first digital camera until the early to mid 2000’s. It was really just a secondary function of my phone, a Motorola flip screen. I had no idea at the time, but this would be part of some more building blocks in my photography skills. With the phone I had no control over exposure, no zoom, poor resolution and image quality, and no chance at getting anything in low light. It did have its benefits however. For once I could take as many shots as I wanted to, and I took a lot, around the house, at work, on my leisurely walks around town, wherever. With the Bluetooth function built into the phone I could transfer the images to my laptop and stare at them each night, and I enjoyed them. The one parameter that I did have control over was composition (I zoomed with my feet). I was aware of this, having taken classes (both photography and other visual art) that I could draw from. So, with that phone, a few point and click cameras, and several phone upgrades over the years I continued to try to make quality pictures, as part of a fun, yet not so serious hobby, but it was always a secondary one. A few years ago, inspired by a documentary on street photography, I bought a DSLR on an impulse. It was then that I started to take my photography to the next level, paying closer to attention to the science behind image making, and to the art and style of contemporary photography, while growing my collection of equipment, and turning my lens toward what I consider to be the most fascinating subject, people. It is with this that I have been, and will continue to turn infinitesimal moments into infinite records that may become part of your legacy.

— Gary

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