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I first picked up a camera 32 years ago when some cocky Air Force flyboys said I'd never be able to use an SLR camera because I was a girl. Ah fighting words. My first camera was a Canon FTB with one 50mm lens and with that in hand I spent the next 10 years evolving into a professional photographer and darkroom instructor. Both jobs supporting my "art" habit.

I gradually moved up the scale and in the 90's ended up with a series of Canon EOS' and a multitude of zoom lenses. And with 3 of these lived and traveled within Southeast Asia. A really exciting experience leaving me virtually with thousands of negatives.

The photographic scene,however, had really changed by the time I returned home and film had been replaced by digital media and darkrooms by computers and software. And I had thousands of negatives. I bought an…

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  • Born on November 26
  • Joined September 18, 2007

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I first picked up a camera 32 years ago when some cocky Air Force flyboys said I'd never be able to use an SLR camera because I was a girl. Ah fighting words. My first camera was a Canon FTB with one 50mm lens and with that in hand I spent the next 10 years evolving into a professional photographer and darkroom instructor. Both jobs supporting my "art" habit.

I gradually moved up the scale and in the 90's ended up with a series of Canon EOS' and a multitude of zoom lenses. And with 3 of these lived and traveled within Southeast Asia. A really exciting experience leaving me virtually with thousands of negatives.

The photographic scene,however, had really changed by the time I returned home and film had been replaced by digital media and darkrooms by computers and software. And I had thousands of negatives. I bought an SLR digital camera, another Canon so my lenses weren't redundant and began a very slow, and still slow, exploration of a totally new way of looking at photography. But I still had thousands of negatives. There in comes the professional scanner.

I'm including this info in my bio because it reflects my philosophy on the process of taking photos and the art of creating images. I have listened with great interest to debates in the forums about the validity of computer generated images vs darkroom generated images. A photograph always begins, no matter how it is taken, with the image. From there it begins a journey. Whether in film form or digital it is manipulated. In the darkroom you use the enlarger, project it on different films or papers, use different techniques to manipulate the image, mess with chemicals, etc. you get the idea. With digital you basically do the same thing only the palette is wider and the creativity expands into different areas. But at the end of the day you have a manipulated image. And if you will, or want you can describe your different processes........but in the long run it is all the same. Whether in the dark or light you have a photo from an image made with a camera.

My other philosophy on taking photographs is that I love grain. I realize most photographers would do anything to avoid that. I have always used fast film ISO 400 or above and love the qualities of texture and softness that this gives to my work. It fits with how I look at and want to create a photo. My personal taste.


"you don't take a photograph you make it"
Ansel Adams

Ruth Hill Radcliffe
Grace2b [!at] mac.com

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