Gerald Hill Four decades of telling stories thru the lens of a camera...
I have been passionate about photography and printmaking for over 37 years. I learned this craft during a time when photography was a science that demanded an in-depth understanding of the relationship between light, shutter speed, and their resulting harmony on a sheet of exposed film. My mentoring in conceptual composition and artistic vision came through the teaching of the contemporary watercolor artist Charles H. Sanderson (1976-1978). Every photograph I take today reflects his influence on how I see the world around me. I spent countless hours in the darkroom learning the craft; gleaning every drop of knowledge I could find in the writings of the great photography masters.
Today, I have embraced the digital world and it's methods. Even though technology has changed the appearance of my dark room the commitment to challenge, excite, and inspire people who consider my work remains paramount.
Black and white work dominates my photography because I deeply connect with it on so many levels.
In the early digital years, those of us who were discerning print makers realized the task of making fine art black and white prints was impossible due to ink dyes that quickly faded and had no tonal range. There was a hand full of us around the country who began addressing the problem by experimenting with variable densities of carbon pigment or simply put: different shades of gray. We replaced our color ink carts in the printers with black and white ink sets and the results were uncompromising quality where technology and traditional aesthetics became indistinguishable. Modern printers have addressed these problems and many are capable of delivering beautiful black and white prints. That said, just like any art form it takes years of dedication to become proficient in the the craft and at this point in my life I can see in my mind how the final photo will look before I ever set up the camera to take the shot.
My work has been represented by fine galleries in Dallas, Kansas City, and Santa Fe. For the last four years I've had an exclusive representation with AfterImage Gallery in Dallas, Tx. and a collaborated agreement between AfterImage and Amazon Fine Art. Afterimage is one of the oldest galleries in America devoted to fine art photography.
The camera manufacturer Canon has awarded some of my work shot in the National Park System and has licensed it for their purpose.
Some of my work is included in the "Art of Emprise Collection"; a bank owned accumulation of investment art that is one of finest corporate owned collections in the country.
I have been interviewed by several of the most respected journalists in the craft including the distinguished veteran Lou Jacobs Jr. Articles about my work and techniques have been published in Shutterbug Magazine in 2009, 2012, and 2013. In 2012 I authored an eBook titled "ELEMENT-The Photography of Gerald Hill". It is distributed by Barns and Noble as well many other outlets.
Every photo is printed on moulde made, museum grade paper. By doing all aspects of the photograph myself from image capture to final printing I can assure the final product lives up to the exacting quality standards my customers have come to expect.
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