Photography allows me to capture the grace of the natural world
or a moment in time in a tangible way.
My intention is to present an image meaningful in subject
and which evokes an emotional response.
Black & White photography presents an abstraction of the subject.
Without color, there is no veneer to distract from design and form.
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I think of my photography as a two step process:
First: "capturing" the image, i.e. taking the photograph.
A subject, ordinary or extraordinary, sparks an emotional response. It could be the overall beauty of a scene, specific light, forms or symbolism. Sometimes, it's simply capturing a specific moment in time.
Because I use a large format camera requiring a tripod, each photo requires considerable thought and time. This classic method is essentially a contemplative approach. It involvescarefully studying the subject and composing the image on the camera's viewing screen. If using a traditional view camera, one works under a “dark cloth. The image appears upside down on the ground glass viewing screen. Selection of lens, camera position and adjustments are important considerations in composing the image.
Second, "translating" the image:
Every captured image presents a unique challenge of translating the negative or digital image from mind's eye
into a printed (or viewable) photographic image.* (See
explanation below.) This is a process that evolves over a period of time.
I work to subjectively develop, interpret and print the image.The result I wish to achieve is a photograph that reflects my vision and feeling when I originally found and photographed the subject.
* Darkroom and editing skills, combined with creative controls, enable me to present the image originally visualized.
-- Typical adjustments to achieve the final print might include control of brightness, contrast, tone or sharpness. This enables me to emphasize details or elements within the image. Rarely do I alter or manipulate content unless there is a specific reason or message to convey.
ABOUT Dennis Dilmaghani
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