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Large format photography of the American West ... fine art photos of rivers, forests, cities, montains & deserts
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Photography and the American West Big Sur Coast photo

The American West is home to spectacular vistas ranging from the coast to rivers, forests, cities, montains, and deserts. Photographers have been drawn to record and then interpret this landscape for the last cenury and a half. From the days of William H Jackson travelling with early land surveyors, to Ansel Adams and his love for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, photographers used black and white images to record and champion the West. With the advent of color photography, photographers such as Wynn Bullock and David Muench extended the interpretation of landscapes and light with sensitivity to nature.

The Digital Age

Today, landscape photography is evolving to be appreciated as a fine art holding its own with other art forms such as painting. Traditional techniques of adjusting contrast through paper selection and dodging and burning tended to result in prints that varied from one to the next. New technology in digital scanning and printing has increased the control and sophistication of presentation available to photographers.

About my own work...

I am working on the leading edge of this transformation in photography, using large format transparencies and digital output to create the highest quality archival prints. Bill Johnson photo

My photography career began almost four decades ago in Honolulu, Hawaii. Perhaps because of the natural beauty of Hawaii, my work has always emphasized natural light and landscapes. I also paint with oils and acrylics, basing my subjects on the photographs, which increases my sensitiviy to color and composition.

Personal Vision

Themes of endurance and transcience remain my fascination: ancient trees on desert mountain tops; the contest between sea and rocky coasts; wind blown trees; artifacts of man; and, shifting sand dunes. I especially enjoy the quiet and solitude of waiting for the light before dawn.

Technique

Primarily I work with a 4x5 Linhoff Technika V and transparency film, using polarizing, neutral density, or no filters to balance lighting of the image. The film is drum scanned to create high resolution files, and balanced for lightness and contrast through Photoshop. Images are available in a limited edition, each individually numbered and signed. All prints are archival, guaranteed for up to 100 years.

Selected Exhibits

2010
Silverlake Coffee House, Silverlake
Open Portfolio Review, Palm Springs Photo Festival
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington

2009
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington
Merit Award, Black and White Magazine
Showcase, Outdoor Photographer Magazine
California Endowment, Los Angeles
Open Portfolio Review, Palm Springs Photo Festival
Community Development Commission, Monterey Park

2008
Business Technology Center, Altadena
Silverlake Coffee House, Los Angeles
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Acorn Gallery, Mt. Washington
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

2007
Louis Stern Fine Art Gallery, West Hollywood
Gallery 727, Los Angeles
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles

2006
Business Technology Center, Altadena
Acorn Gallery, Mt. Washington
Silverlake Coffee House, Silverlake
Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall

2005
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
Louis Stern Fine Art Gallery, West Hollywood

2004
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington
Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Silverlake Coffee House, Silverlake

2003
Arroyo Art Walk, Mt. Washington
White’s Gallery, Montrose

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