Art is expressed in many mediums. Camera phones provide the latest, possibly newest one, the results ubiquitous online and in social media. I love their convenience, but even with increasingly excellent technology, no matter how convincing the marketing, a $10,000 professional camera dedicated solely to processing pictures will capture an incredibly more dynamic and rich picture. Regardless of how or why, images are everywhere, and that has diminished the importance of each of them because another image of that person or that location will be along within seconds, often viewable immediately alongside the first. Throw in the fact that the image might be "Photochopped" into something completely fake (which is not hard to do), and it's easy to lose sight of the importance of the kind of visual records that have been with us for the past 180 years.
The physics of photography back then, with its big lenses and bellows and bending of light was simple and clean compared to the complexity of photography today. The foundation of photography is light, and the more light you can inhale, the better -- and that's the job of the lens. Today's professional lenses represent 180 years of improvement and are large, precise, flawless pieces of glass; some of the most highly engineered physical devices around, and built by skilled craftsmen. The cameras themselves are electromechanical masterpieces, which know how to translate the richness and perfection of the physical image presented to them by the lens. These instruments are special, and inspiring to almost anyone who loves photography.
Camera phones step sideways from those roots and I believe will never capture images the way a professional camera and lens does. They substitute quality for convenience and ease of use. Yes, they can produce stunning images, but are those images real and do they really capture You? With every new camera phone released, the extent of image manipulation increases, and nowadays that means AI is used to create the illusion of quality.
While there is a place for both, I want old-school quality and I develop my images with that in mind. I shoot digitally and print physically, using archival-quality paper and inks, which give me the results I need. My desire is to create classic and lasting images. My work reflects that.
HOW I STARTED
My father used a medium-format Vintage Crown Graflex and Zeiss lenses, taught by the dear Mr. Shuchat himself of Keeble & Shuchat-store fame in Palo Alto, California. By the time I was around, my dad's darkroom was our (unfortunately dusty) basement and he'd print 8x10 or 16x20 black and whites. My love and "good eye" grew from my dad, followed by classes in the East SF Bay at university and countless books, and off I went. A hobby for most of my life, I went professional in 2012 and have been shooting for clients in Boulder County (Colorado) and the San Francisco Bay Area actively ever since.
I believe the printed form of a photograph creates a completely different experience than a photograph found on Pinterest. They should be physical, something you can hold in your hand and kept for 100 years. I lovingly (and obsessively) print my clients' images myself, and even though it is not inexpensive, I know you will not regret it.