When I was about ten, I was given a Brownie Reflex camera as a present. I took pictures of everything, mostly family and friends, and the neighborhood where I lived. I liked it and I liked the pictures. I still have some and it's nice now to see how we looked and lived in our childhoods.
I bought a used Rolleiflex when I was twenty and I used that camera for thirty years. It was excellent, a classic. I bought a Hasselblad, also a classic, after that and used it for years. That camera was beautiful - it felt just right in my hands and did beautiful work. I began to do my own darkroom printing somewhere in there.
I switched to digital about fifteen years ago when it came to the point of being easier, more flexible, and more capable than film, at least for me.
I moved to Santa Fe from Key West with my wife twenty-five years ago. What a gift to live in the American West. If you've been here for a time or live here, you know what I mean. It's an artist's dream. There's a picture, a painting, a photograph, everywhere. The mountains, the desert, the ocean, glaciers, rivers, forests, snow, sand, and rocks. The biggest sky you've ever seen is all around you I drove all over the West for years, sometimes alone, sometimes not. Sometimes with a destination, sometimes not. And then I'd do it again. And again.
There are cities and towns in the West, some large and many small. But mostly, there are vast open spaces - even now. No people, no buildings, and silence. It looks and sounds like it always did. It's a place to be alone and with an easel or a sketchpad or a camera.
The earlier photographs were taken with a Hasselblad camera using Fujji Reala or Kodak Tmax film. All the rest were taken with Nikon D300 or D500 cameras. Editing was done in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
All photographs are printed on an Epson P900 printer using archival paper and archival ink. The paper is Epson Legacy Platine and the ink is Epson Ultrachrome Pro. The paper has a lovely satin finish and is very heavy. - Blacks and colors are deep and rich and vibrant.
The paper is one of the most archival available today. It has a 100% cotton fiber base with no optical brighteners. It is acid-free and lignin-free.
Wilhelm Imaging Research, the standard for inkjet longevity analysis, calculates a print permanence rating of 122 years when framed behind ordinary window glass and much longer behind museum glass.
Purchasing a Print
Prints are available with images in three sizes - 16 x 21, 14 x 18, and 12 x 15 1/2. Square photographs are 16 x 16, 14 x 14, and 12 x 12. All are printed on 17 x 22 paper.
16 x 21 and 16 x 16 images are $600.
14 x 18 and 14 x 14 images are $500.
12 x 15 1/2 and 12 x 12 images are $400.
Shipping is free to anywhere in the United States. New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax (currently 8.4375%) will be added to your order.
You will be thrilled with the photographs. Images on the Internet are not even close to the quality of the originals. However, if you are dissatisfied for any reason, you can return the photograph for a full refund.
Photographs are unmatted and unframed. All photographs are labelled, numbered, and signed on the back.
All photographs are sold in limited editions of 25.
If you have special needs for other sizes or anything else, please call me and we can talk about it, or send an email if you would rather do that.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Photographs will ship in a week or two, as they are printed to order. Photographs will be shipped rolled, in a tube. There's no problem with this - many papers, including the one I use, come in rolls as well as sheets.
To order a photograph or talk about anything, call me at 505-992-0251 (landline) or 505-577-4557 (cell) or send an email to email@example.com. If you prefer, complete the Contact form and I'll get back to you.
To order a print, I need the title (usually the location) and the image number (it looks like this - 'DSC3442' or this - '290-02')..
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