Rip Smith's Profile

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I have been doing photography off and on for something over 45 years. I started with a folding camera and black & white roll film. Over time I have dabbled with various formats but mostly I have worked in 35mm. I enjoyed the versatility of the 35mm SLR and took on the challenge of making high quality images from this small format. Little by little I moved from the purely mechanical cameras through the modern 35mm single lens reflex cameras until I have finally embraced the digital world. I now work with a professional digital SLR, a computer, and an archival inkjet printer.

In the 1960s I worked in a small photo studio where I spent many hours in the darkroom making black and white prints. Then I moved from still photography to television and video. I have now come full circle, returning to photography as art after a 30-year career in visual communication…

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I have been doing photography off and on for something over 45 years. I started with a folding camera and black & white roll film. Over time I have dabbled with various formats but mostly I have worked in 35mm. I enjoyed the versatility of the 35mm SLR and took on the challenge of making high quality images from this small format. Little by little I moved from the purely mechanical cameras through the modern 35mm single lens reflex cameras until I have finally embraced the digital world. I now work with a professional digital SLR, a computer, and an archival inkjet printer.

In the 1960s I worked in a small photo studio where I spent many hours in the darkroom making black and white prints. Then I moved from still photography to television and video. I have now come full circle, returning to photography as art after a 30-year career in visual communication.

With the great progress in the development of digital tools for photography over the last few years, the debate is pretty well settled as to whether digitally captured and processed images are valid art forms

To me, photography is about the image, and the photographer’s vision. All of the technical tools, whether film-based or digitally-based, are are nothing more or less than tools for translating the photographer’s vision into a medium that can enjoyed by others.

You can view more of my work at http://www.sterlingimages.com

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