Bob Wall, San Jose Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement After 35+ years of shooting thousands of rolls of film, as a “professional” photographer (army photographer and freelancer) and then mostly as a snapshot shooter, (kids and family, some travel), I finally decided to try digital photography a couple of years ago.
Most of my pics here are "as shot", meaning no, or little, cropping, and no electronic enhancement other than to click the "AutoBalance" button. Maybe just a little boost in contrast (OK, once in a while a big boost in contrast). Eventually I plan to learn to use photo manipulation software, but right now I'm having too much fun just shooting 'em as I see 'em. Some of the pics go back to my "early days" as a photographer when I shot almost exclusively black and white. With the advent of digital photography, I finally decided I like shooting color too.
I like to shoot the objects you see everyday, but maybe from a slightly different angle. Or focus a little closer on something you might ordinarily overlook. Instead of the big picture, I might focus on the little things in that picture. Anybody can shoot a building; I want to shoot the details that make that building unique.
I like to make people think. I want people to pay attention to what's around them. Break out of their box. Look at the knotholes in a tree; look at a rain-soaked parking lot; look at the shapes, textures and colors in something as simple as an awning or a pair of jeans.
Stand by the railroad tracks when a freight train goes by and look at the graffiti on the railcars. Some of it is really pretty good. Get up-close and personal with the bark on a tree. In other words, see The Galaxy In A Knothole (one of my favorite pics). Above all, don't just look, but SEE. See what is really there in the details.
I hope you enjoy them. Half of any profits from the sale of these photographs will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. I encourage others to do the same for other food banks in their areas.