Koop’s Artist Statement: I’ve been taking pictures since 1967 and started doing my own darkroom work a couple of years later. During the intervening years I’ve worked as a Cinematographer, Photographer, Lighting Designer, Producer, Writer, Director, and Educator. My clients have included major magazines, corporations and advertising agencies. I would describe my work as the opposite of pictorialism. I strongly identify with the group of photographers known as f.64.
Founding members included Ansel Adams (I use his Zone System), Edward Weston (I love his approach to life and art), and Imogen Cunningham. Their style has been labeled “straight photography.” I prefer to think as my style as image making fueled by the unconscious use of craft. My goal is always to create emotion for the viewer. I imagine the finished image in my minds eye and work backwards to create it (pre-visualization.) I use my innate knowledge of craft and technique to free my mind of conscious thought while I’m looking through the camera. For me the act of creation is always a moment of pure beauty and connection to the spirit world.
I rejects intellectualism as applied to art. It is all about conveying emotion and a sense of beauty, a theme that runs through all my work. Koop has studied Journalism, Cinematography, Photography, Art, English, Theatre and a bit of Physics and Chemistry thrown in for good measure. He is an alumnus of UCLA. “My friends think of me as technology geek, but really, I just know what I need to know to make my visions reality. Having worked with film for twenty years I thought the digital revolution would be painful, but I love the endless possibilities for creative expression the digital process gives me.”
To learn more about Koop’s work, please go to www.koopfims.wordpress.com
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