Every month on our Art Display wall (the wall behind the New Books), we feature artwork by a different local artist. July’s Artist of the Month is Bob Jones.
Want to know more about Bob? Here he is in his own words:
Starting with a Kodak Brownie camera when I was eight and progressing to a 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 sheet film Speed Graflex plus darkroom in high school, I have been taking pictures for sixty years. Most of the time the photos I took were nothing but throw-away snapshots. While we were racing sled dogs, though, I started taking portraits of teams for other racers. I did the same for car racers when we entered auto-crosses and hill-climbs. This is when my technique and equipment had to improve. Now I take mostly travel, landscape or flower photos for publication in magazines and my books (four published travel guides for golfers and a book of travel stories) as well for sale in shows and a gallery in Scotland.
I believe that Photoshop and my computer are my darkroom. Ansel Adams and Edward Weston had the eyes of masters and were genius in manipulating the prints from their 8 x 10 negatives in their darkrooms. I use my computer/darkroom to clean up my images or create something beyond what I saw in the camera. For example, prints like “The White Church, Comrie,” start with a Raw photo which is then in one program converted to a sketch, re-colorized in a different program, sized in a third program, and cleaned up in Photoshop or Nik Viveza.
For equipment I use several Nikons (including a D600, D7100, and Nikon 1) with a variety of Nikon lenses and print on Epson, Moab, or Red River papers on an Epson 2400 printer.
For more information about the Art Display wall, contact Art Gallery Coordinator Karen Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-2744.