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Steven Dempsey

Steven Dempsey



Capturing emotion and mood has been an obsession of mine and over the years I have found ways to express it through music, painting and filmmaking. But all of this only served to gently guide me towards my real passion in life: photography. The ability to bring the chaos of one moment to a screeching halt in a silent and contemplative image is simply irresistible. I consider photography to be a gift of the highest order. In my work, I use layers of texture to create a new dimension of atmosphere and emotion and my biggest thrill is the moment my pictures take on a life of their own. Most recently I have sold my house and am now living on the road with my wife in a motorhome traveling the USA.
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fujifilm XF 10-24 f4
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2
  • Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4
  • Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

In Search of Imperfection

Published May 15th, 2013

I read a story in the New York Times about British photographer Terrence Donovan this morning that got me thinking about a whole lot of things at once. Donovan's work was and still is vibrant, fresh, experimental and spontaneous. Although he dabbled in many genres, he was most well known for his fashion work. While browsing some of his photos, I noticed a stark difference in the style of his photography compared to what I see today. Donovan's photographs are full of flaws; his own shadow sometimes appears in the bottom of the frame, lighting is sometimes uneven on the models, compositions are sometimes unbalanced, etc. but I love each and every one of them.

Virtually flipping through my iPad version of the latest issue of Vogue did not yield the same satisfaction. Each picture in the esteemed tome was perfect, not a hair out of place not a single misplaced shadow. Flawless and frankly, lifeless.

Over the years our idea of beauty has changed, particularly with regard to women. Back in ...

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Digital and Analog and the Meaning of Life

Published May 9th, 2013

By the time I realized capturing pictures was what I was meant to do, the digital age was already maturing. For me it began with a video camera. Super 8, the last consumer film medium, had long passed. Even analog videotape was near death. Instant gratification was the first thing that thrilled me about digital video. I was lucky enough to be able to afford a fairly sophisticated video camera at the time and, although the myriad buttons, sliders and switches was intimidating, I vowed to learn about every function.

In my younger days I played in a rock band. Back when I started in the eighties, everyone was playing synths so I decided I was going to be a keyboard player. There was an immediacy about the sounds that could be produced on a synth without without me having to be much of an actual musician. Cool. When I saved up enough money and bought my first Casio keyboard, all I had to do was press down two or three fingers on the keys and, voila, it sounded like an orchestra. As I prog ...

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Photography & an iPad

Published December 5th, 2011

When the iPad first surfaced, I was mildly curious about it. Mostly it looked like Apple had taken the iPhone design and made it bigger. I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about back in those infant days of digital tablets.

I've been an Apple fan since the mid-eighties. The first real computer I ever laid my eyes on was an Apple. Back then, computers were a novelty, usually only associated with science fiction or in government archival rooms with large machines and spinning tape reels. I have only briefly owned my own Mac but because of work over the years, I have been largely a PC owner.

I'm what's called a power user. Basically that means that I end up utilizing every gadget on my computer whether it be hardware or software. The same can be said of my smartphone usage. I have an Android phone and I have an app for just about every aspect of my daily living.

But back to Apple... The only reason I own a Droid is because my phone carrier is Verizon and, at the time, AT&T had exclusi ...

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