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Bob Wall

While I do consider photography an art, I don’t think of myself as an artist. I tend to be too analytical for that. Maybe an “Image Capture Engineer” ;) ? I rarely shoot for “feeling”, but more often for something others might not see. Or just to capture a moment in time.

I have only been “into” digital photography for about three years now after many, many years (35+) shooting up lots of film. While photography is no longer how I make a living (being a Quality Engineer for a medical device company pays much better), I still like to shoot and share.

Most of my pics here are “as shot”, meaning no, or little, cropping, and little electronic enhancement other than to click the “AutoBalance” button. Maybe just a little boost in contrast (OK, once in a while a big boost in contrast), or conversion to b&w. What I really want is for you to see what I shot, not something I created, although I do occasionally play around and throw some effects at a picture to see what I come up with. A wise woman once told me “Find play value in all you do”. That’s a theme I try to carry into my photography; I don’t take it too seriously. I do it because photography is my first true love. If I happen to make a few bucks now and then that’s cool, but not why I’m doing it. And if I can make you stop and say “hmmm”, even better. Let me know what you think, I love to hear from people who have looked at my work.

I like to shoot the objects you see everyday, but maybe from a slightly different angle. Or focus a little closer on something you might ordinarily overlook. Instead of the big picture, I might focus on the little things in that picture. Anybody can shoot a building; I want to shoot what is unique about that building.

Using photography, I want to make you think. I want people to pay attention to what’s around them. Break out of their box. Look at the knotholes in a tree; look at a rain-soaked parking lot; look at the shapes and colors in something as simple as an awning. Stand by the railroad tracks when a freight train goes by and look at the grafitti on the railcars. Some of it is really pretty good.

Look at the shapes in the sand formed by wind and water, see the small stuff, the shells, the rocks, the washed up sea critters, the plant life. It’s amazing what you will see when you look at things differently. Little kids are good at it, but we seem to lose that fascination as we grow up. I want people to get that back, even if it’s only for a little while.

Get up-close and personal with the bark on a tree. In other words, see The Galaxy In A Knothole (one of my favorite pics). Above all, don’t just look, but SEE. See what is really there in the details.

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