James Walley, Maple Valley, Washington Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement I first took up photography as a teenager, shooting roll after roll on a cheap Instamatic and a '50s-era Yashica twin-reflex, graduating to a "real" 35mm SLR in college, where I was employed as staff photographer for my college's official publications. While working toward a master's degree in film and video at CalArts, I continued my photographic studies, having my work selected to be displayed in a gallery exhibit -- a rarity for students not majoring in photography.
During sixteen years in my "day job" as a software developer, I continued my photographic work as a sideline venture (shooting corporate assignments in addition to wedding photography and videography), as well as producing, writing, and directing the award-winning feature film Messages and the short "unauthorized sequel" Titanic II .
Over the past decade, I have become an enthusiastic supporter of the technological revolution in photography brought about by high-resolution digital cameras and the computerized "digital darkroom." As a result, the time came to take the next step, and move into photography as a full-time occupation. Raven Falls Photography is the result. I hope you enjoy your time spent at this site.