an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of sentimental interest.
I'm an Analog guy living in a Digital age. (Still listening to Pink Floyd.) After 40 years of Professional image-making, I find myself in the same learning curve with everybody else. Let's just say my degrees and awards from the 90's were of little help in the Digital transition over the last decade or so. Whatever "Advantage" my education and experience may have given me, (or perceived...) evaporated the first time I looked at Photoshop, Lightroom, and now Premier Pro. Fortunately, countless dedicated individuals made their knowledge available for free. Used to be you had to be in "the PPA club" and know the "Secret" handshake to get anyone to divulge any knowledge of our craft. Truth is, our industry ended up nearly "Teaching" itself out of existence.
a diverse range of human activities in creating visual artifacts,
done by people with a communicative or aesthetic purpose.
Digital photography has to a great extent "Leveled" the playing field for anyone serious about learning. There is NO lack of talent out there. I see great photographs produced by ordinary folks with their iPhone's everyday and you can literally learn ANYTHING you want to know. It's really not about the money anymore. I have a great job that I hope to do for many more years, as long as I can stay healthy. Don't get me wrong, I will continue to cash the checks from the "Stock" agencies, but I don't rely on them to pay the rent. That leaves me for the first time, able to make Art, for my personal enjoyment and not have to worry about how it sells.
My wife and I moved to Newport, Oregon a few years ago after a five year adventure in our motor-home. We quickly fell in love with this little fishing village and plan to die here. My endeavor is to document this community in 4K video. (Or at least my romanticized version.) My background in multi-media and animation has created an affinity for this art form. From the first time I saw "Chronos" ( a 1985 IMAX film by Ron Fricke.), I was hooked on these little "Slices of time and space". Having been thru the "Zone system", HDR, and "RAW" workflow, I am pretty much done with still imaging.
As James B Wood once told me: "When the images that you visualize in your head start to move, you're screwed! The cost goes up exponentially!". True as that may have been at the time, the cost of professional gear and the capabilities that it gives one, in the right hands, is really very reasonable. Coupled with the right software, high quality imaging really is in the realm of possibility for the average person willing to make the investment in dollars and in the "learning curve". Remember, YouTube is your friend...
So, join me as I continue my experimentation with this art form, and the community that I am so passionate about. I will post updates to the project as weather and time allows me to do so. I sincerely hope that you enjoy these clips as much as I enjoy being out in the community creating them.
David G. Rigg - Newport, OR Spring 2020