I’ve learned something from antique shops. Searching for a particular thing can be frustrating. Going in with an open mind is much better. I usually find something I like. Or should I say… something I like seems to find me?

Photography often works like that, for me. I was out late working on a landscape series and wasn’t having any luck. It was getting dark and I heard the sound of wings above my head. I was able to swing around and photograph a flock of pigeons going to roost for the night. This photo is a one-off in that it didn’t fit the theme of the series I was working on.

Is it even a landscape photograph? Maybe. But it doesn’t matter because the photo carries a feeling of the coming of the night in a very strong way and I’m fortunate to have captured the moment.

Del Ryder

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  • His blood smells like cologne.

  • His reputation is expanding faster than the universe.

  • He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels.

  • He lives vicariously through himself.

  • He can speak French in Russian.

  • He's a lover not a fighter, but he can fight, so don't get any ideas.

  • He's been known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room.

  • People hang on his every word, even the prepositions.

  • He could disarm you with his looks.

  • The police often question him because they find him interesting.

  • His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man's entire body.

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On days I wasn’t shooting for clients at my studio I liked to play with Polaroid material. I used my 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras to transfer images to water color paper, usually Arches. The interesting thing was that during the transfer process I never knew exactly what I would get... no matter how hard I tried. It became a matter of negotiating in that space where chance meets skill. Oddly, sometimes chance was more cool than skill. The process was very addicting and 20 shots later the box of Polaroid would be gone and I’d be out more than a hundred dollars. Polaroid transfers had a very romantic look that couldn’t be replicated by any other means that I know of. I saved quite a few of them to dark storage. They haven’t faded, which does surprise me.

Digital photography has a way of making photographers strive for perfection... down to the last pixel because perfection does seem possible. Enter Photoshop. As you work to perfect the photograph it is very easy to kill the spirit of the original image. The polaroid transfer process would not allow that to happen. I have been thinking about these issues for a while now as tech just keeps moving forward.

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