Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My First Time...

Blogging is very new to me.  Technologically adept, I'm not.  I do know a bit more than some folks, but the average 12 year old on the street could probably sit down at my computer and whiz right through all this stuff without batting an eye.  So - this is my first attempt at making a coherent statement about a subject I am more than just a bit familiar with...photography.

I've been involved in photography in one way or another since I was about eight years old starting with my Mom's Roleiflex.  I was fascinated by the fact that the image was upside down in the viewfinder and it was fun to try to tell if the upside down people were actually going to be that way in the picture.  Well...duh!

Everything was black and white and as Paul Simon says, "everything looks worse in black and white."  Well, not in my opinion.  Maybe those shots were, but as I became more and more familiar with the process, I fell in love with black and white images.  I took my first formal photography class in 1978 and discovered Alfred Stieglitz.  It was over.  His images bowled me over.  Then, of course, there was Henri Cartier Bresson and Ansel Adams.  "Heaven, I'm in heaven..." or so the song goes.  Then I discovered all the alternative processes that had been practiced in the history of photography and I was enamored all over again.  There is no end!

That, naturally, was during the "olden days" when we used film.  I loved working in the darkroom with all the stinky chemicals and papers and enlargers.  The hours passed like lightening.  Fast forward to 1998...I got my first DSLR.  At first I was completely intimidated - you know, technology and all - until I realized it was just a camera and instead of film and stinky chemicals, I now had all that built into a single device!  What will they think of next?

Now I am thoroughly in love with my DSLR and the images I can produce without ruining clothes, wedding rings, my health...you know, the important stuff.  I can sit in the privacy of my home office and fiddle as much or as little as I like with my work, post it nearly instantaneously on my website (yes, I do have one!) or send it to friends, family, clients and colleagues.  I love technology!...in spite of myself.

Come on over and see my work at www.kathleenmessmer.com