Behind the Scenes... 

       "We do not know until the shell breaks what kind of egg we have been sitting on."     T.S.Eliot

 

Chasing Cool displays a few selections from my photography exhibited in art galleries (U.S. & Canada), an exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art and ongoing projects.

 

I photograph people, places and things. For me, image capture begins with a feeling... it's an intuitive moment and always significant.

 

Graphic decisions are the secondary aspect of image capture that strengthen my work externally through framing, and internally through a consideration of form, space and color. Both methods (intuitive and graphic) are active and spontaneous while I'm photographing.

Cameras and lenses are just tools that get me where I need to go. Many of the photographs on this site were made with 8x10 and 4x5 view cameras,  others with medium format and 35mm cameras using B&W, color negative and transparency film. I've developed my film and processed color and B&W prints to 24x36 inches in my own lab. I now use high resolution medium format digital cameras and process my work as inkjet prints. I prefer the latter way of working as it allows more time for what is most important... image capture. Photoshop is my darkroom. It's light years more evolved than the wet darkroom. Although my work for the past decade is mostly digital my attitude toward truth remains the same.

I believe photography is the best way to capture life as it is. I use natural light as much as possible because it is natural. I frame my images in a way that will best support their meaning and believe I have the technical mastery needed to create telling photographs. Being in the right place at the right time is important. Although careful planning helps, some of my best images are the result of luck and intuition.

 

Capturing images to exhibit in galleries, museums and here on Chasing Cool is personally rewarding and keeps my photography moving forward... contributing to our conversation and hopefully helping all of us understand our world a little better.

        

Photographs on this site are optimally prepared for fast viewing on the web. Prints made from the original high resolution raw files are many times richer in color and clarity. My prints are available in sizes 16 x 20 to 40 x 55 inches. All photographs are signed and include a certificate of authenticity. Most of the work on this site include text for informational purposes and can be ordered with or without the text. Additional ordering information is available by going to the 'Print' section listed at the top of this page. Please email me for print pricing, shipping information or any other questions you may have related to ordering of prints.                                                             

                         I update this site frequently so stay tuned.

                                                                                         

                                                                                              delryderphoto@gmail.com

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