Photo-ArtisteThe Craft and Art of Photography
by Al Olson
The mission of this WEB site is to promote photographic art in the Four Corners area of Colorado. Its purpose is to encourage networking amongst serious photographers in the Pagosa Springs area, to expand the exchange of information, to broaden our knowledge of techniques and composition, and to elevate our images from the ordinary to the outstanding.
This site features the photography of Al Olson. The emphasis is on monochrome
silver prints created in the darkroom from films exposed in medium format and
large format cameras. It is the author's belief that negatives made from these
larger formats result in a higher quality print.
A special project is the photography of Anasazi ruins. This project highlights the Anasazi architecture with black and white photographs using the unique characteristics of infrared films to add contrast to the vegetation, highlight the stonework, and emphasize the sky.
Another project documents the ghost towns in the Four Corners area. These are
communities that miners built in the high elevations during the 1870s,
a time when the ores were bountiful and silver prices were high. After
the silver crash of 1892, these towns were abandoned, but many of the wooden
structures are still standing through all the years and winters of heavy snow.
Included in this project are many of the abandoned mills, mining structures, and various out buildings from over one hundred years ago. The ingenuity and engineering creativity for removing the ores from these mountains are amazing. The miners and their families were a hardy bunch to live at these 11,000 foot altitudes year around. Again monochrome films are used to emphasize the austere struggle that embraced these endeavors.
A third project involves still lifes, or what is also known as tabletop photography.
The work in this project involves the use of a 4x5" large format, rail camera (the Linhof
Color) and studio lighting, usually against a seamless paper background. Subjects include
flowers, toys, small pieces of art or sculpture, and various other objects. In some cases
the photographs emphasize the macro, thus producing an abstract impression of the
Upcoming show May 7 through June 30, 2010
Open Shutter Contemporary Fine Art Photography
Photo-Artiste is an associate of Artists Net and exhibits from time to time at the Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art Gallery. _____________________________________________
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