Doug Hallam

Vermont

While I thoroughly enjoy images with as much selective color and bokeh and kittens in them as possible, I am a minimalist at heart. Sushi is my favorite food. Fish and rice — really can’t get more minimal than that.  Unless you count the root beer during the meal and then the hot fudge sundae for desert after… but not counting those, fish and rice is the way go.

I got started in photography in high school, developing B&W film for the yearbook staff. I was immediately hooked on taking a blank piece of paper and shooting the negative onto it and then putting it through chemical washes to produce a picture. That was magic to me. Those 5-6 months I worked in the darkroom had a huge impact on my love of post processing images. Being behind the camera and looking through the viewfinder instills a sense of peace of me. Looking at different angles, different compositions, different intensities of light all help to provide me with that peace.  My real excitement and passion comes out later — when I am able to upload those images to my computer and put them through Light Room or PS or GIMP and really bring out the images I see in my head. To be able to take a simple scene and transform that into something completely other worldly, if you will.  To take something I see every day and make it into something I don’t see every day, that is when that sense of peace and my excitement for this medium really meld together.

It’s been 2 years since I started photography again and began post processing. In that time, I have learned new techniques both from a camera point-of-view and from a software point-of-view in processing. The more I learn the more I feel my world opening up. I don’t have one particular subject matter that I enjoy shooting more than any other. From street scenes to landscapes to animals,  the act alone of freezing a moment in time with my camera and potentially creating a new moment in time that didn’t exist before thrills me.

To me, Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
– Elliot Erwitt