Artist Statement - H T
ARTIST’S STATEMENT for HT NEIGHBORS
MEDIUM: PHOTOGRAPHY, 35mm FORMAT
THIS ART IS NEITHER DIGITAL NOR DONE ON A COMPUTER. There is no computer manipulation or darkroom special effects added to any of my photographs. The only time a computer is involved is when I scan the images to post here. Every image is an actual 35mm, single frame exposure. I shoot both black & white and color. I will eventually switch to digital cameras (maybe) but will never digitally manipulate the photos. They will remain single in-camera exposures. Photo-shop might be 'cool' - but it's not my thing!
I’ve been hooked ever since my father gave me an old Topcon 35mm camera in 1976 while attending Nurnberg American High School in Germany. We’d go to the darkroom on the army base in Grafenwohr - and seeing my photos appear before my eyes was too amazing!
As anyone can see, many of my photographs were taken at night. This is because I have usually had jobs where I worked during the day and my only opportunity to burn a bunch of film was at night. That's the reason for so many timed exposures.
The “Painting With Light” images range in exposure times from a minute to well over an hour. My favorite time to create these photographs is in total darkness, except for the moon & stars! They are usually taken between 11:30 pm and 4:00 am. The most time-consuming portion of the entire process is locating the landowner and obtaining permission to photograph! The creativity all comes from within. I set my camera on a tripod, compose the shot, turn off my light and lock the shutter open. I then walk around the scene, applying the light with flashlights, colored filters (gels), and a small portable strobe. I generally use 100 ASA, daylight film with the aperture near f/8. I use both negative and slide film. No longer in possession of my own darkroom equipment, I utilize local professional photo-labs for the enlargements.
I am currently employed as an Electrical & Instrumentation Quality Assurance Inspector. I work in the oil & gas industry mostly...& travel the country.
My lovely wife and I live on 40 acres northeast of OKC, OK, and have 5 beautiful daughters and 13 awesome grandchildren, (1 from Africa I have yet to meet) and 2 great-grand children! In addition to being a licensed master electrician and industrial electrical inspector, my past work experiences have included a Texas state prison correctional officer and electrical supervisor, oilfield roughneck and driller, houseparent in a children’s home, photo lab equipment service technician, and a photo lab manager. If I didn't have to work, I'd be spending most of my time travelling, sharing Young Living Essential Oils, taking pictures, riding my Harley Davidson and snow skiing. That day is nearing!
Although my photographs have changed dramatically since I began, the enjoyment and awe that I had from day one, continues with each and every roll of film I expose. I appreciate you taking the time to browse and I do hope you enjoy!