About My Photography

Photo by Jessica True

Photo by Jessica True

I love being in the wild—amongst trees, along shorelines, on mountain tops, and my photography reflects that. I guess I'd call myself a landscape photographer since that seems to have been my main passion since the mid 1980's. Whenever I'm in nature you can be sure that I'll be photographing the beauty with whichever camera I have with me—be it a 4x5 or 8x10 camera, an old medium format camera, or even just my iPhone. My landscape collection covers areas in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and more.

Sometimes those landscapes include the manmade landscape since I've always had an interest in crumbling old buildings. My current photo studio resides in a wonderful old factory building which has been the source of much of my recent "industrial" photography.

And then there is my still life work—dreamlike arty still life photos. My art still life photography began long ago when I was a commercial product photographer. I loved setting up photos and lighting them to evoke a mood. Most of my commercial work wasn't all that exciting (lots of products on white backgrounds), so I began experimenting with light on more arty still life scenes. I long ago left commercial photography behind, but I can't seem to stop setting up still life photos for my art.

My work has been published internationally, and has received awards across the country.

Cameras & Methods 

I get asked about my cameras and methods a lot, so here we go! I started using a large format 4x5 cameras way back in 1985 and have been using large format cameras ever since. The image quality of a large piece of film (4"x5" or 8"x10") is incredible, and I enjoy the slow process of working with a large format camera. Taking the extra time helps me to get better images. I shoot film as well as wet plate collodion and gelatin dry plate. Wet plate collodion is best known for tintypes which was first developed in the 1850's and has come back into vogue these days. Gelatin dry plate was a process that came after wet plate collodion and produces a glass plate negative is easier to use that wet plate. I hand-make my own emulsions for these processes. 

With all that said, I also use digital at times too, even my iPhone. I use what tools I have available. Even though film is my main choice, I have to say you can get really nice quality from something like the iPhone 6S as long as the lighting is right and if you keep prints to realistic size.

In regards to printing I work with both traditional silver gelatin prints in the darkroom, and archival Carbon pigment prints with my inkjet printer.  I offer limited edition or open edition prints depending on the image and print process.