|August 2017 trail to Squirrel Point Light near Bath, Maine|
I am a photography enthusiast and a writer/poet. I hold a degree in Graphic Design and enjoy making jewelry.
I would like to say that I earn a steady income from doing what I love. Instead, I'm grateful that our savings allow me to practice and hone my "crafts". Like millions of others, I labor in the shadows of the few who achieve fame or even moderate financial success while doing what they love.
I've worked in the field of digital type technologies and also as a freelance graphic designer.
I am married with one son in college.
I've trained in traditional art forms as well as graphic design. I earned a BFA in Graphic Design from MassArt during the Stone Age (1984), when everything had to be done by hand. Rocks were my paper and tools. Well, I'm exaggerating a little. Computer graphic programs proved to be very limited back in the dinosaur age. We used early color apple computers to edit very low resolution digital portraits (shot with a very rough approximation of a web cam) in a computer course, which was more for novelty than for anything practical. My assignments for my design classes were done the old fashioned way--by hand on a large drawing table, aided by a xerox machine at the local "Copy Cop" and the occasional sheet of press-type if I could afford it and if it was allowed. Otherwise, type had to be rendered by hand, as well as whatever artwork or photography was needed in the magazine ads, brochures and whatever else was assigned--logos, layouts, corporate identity projects...
In college, I found the smell of photo chemicals in the school's darkroom to be intoxicating. I loved taking and developing black and white photos. I also learned how to "burn" and "dodge" areas, which needed more (or less) exposure time. I learned ways to "enhance" a less than ideal photo in the darkroom. I only learned a handful of the many "tricks of the trade" which art as well as professional "analog" photographers employed. My parent's wedding portrait, for example, was colored by hand. Other photographers used double exposure and sandwiched negatives. There is a rich history of "photo-manipulation"-- long before the advent of digital photography.
My earlier digital photographs were shot with a point and shoot digital camera. Some hover between drawings , paintings and photography. I call this (often) labor intensive pixel editing process "pixography". My latest photos, shot with a digital slr, may need a a single button 'tweek" to improve color and/or the contrast, or nothing at all.
In addition to photography and "pixography", I also write poetry and short prose. I have self-published in 4 anthologies with an international online group. Check out my poetry and more artwork at allpoetry.com/Freed_by_Mercy
Thanks for visiting!
Favorite genre of music: oldies, folk, anything by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen
Favorite style of art: abstract photography
Operating System: Windows
Shell of choice: conch