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PHOTOGRAPHY AS A CELEBRATION

 

I’ve been photographing reasonably seriously for 50 years. I was 15 when Dad passed on his Argus C-2 to me to document a three-month, cross-country family vacation. He covered the cost of the Kodachrome film and processing and supported my interest in photography in many ways that I failed to appreciate, like most children, until years later. That trip and many other family outings sparked my enjoyment of seeing and documenting new places with my camera.

 

My day job as a geologist took me for long periods on exploration trips into Central Nevada. Subjected to the high desert in all its seasons, I gradually learned to celebrate the beauty of the natural world with my camera. The desert landscape provided a huge variety of images, from brilliant spring flowers to 50-mile vistas in the clear air. Cattle ranches and remnants of 19th century silver mining added the spice of time-weathered structures with their exciting textures. Eventually an exhibit of my black-and-white Central Nevada prints led to a long-time association as a photographer with the Nevada Historical Society.

 

I have also had a long association as an instructor with the Nevada Museum of Art and the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, where I was able to share my enjoyment of photography with many others, both in the darkroom and on field trips.

 

I now live among the "rollin', golden" foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, with access to the Pacific Coast, Great Central Valley, and the Sierras. I photograph with a Nikon D300 and am transitioning to a Sony Alpha 7ii. I spend as much time post-processing selected photos as I do taking them, using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Color Efex Pro.

 

I currently show my work at Art On the Divide Gallery in Georgetown, and blog about photography or other current passions at tonymindling.blogspot.com.