I try to create worlds with a sense of structure and order out of the chaos I perceive to better understand the human condition. I am an artist traversing two worlds.
After forty years working as a performing artist and teaching the performance arts, four years ago I began a journey into the world of visual art. Performance art is temporal.
Singing, acting and dancing are constantly moving through time, space, light and sound. The live interaction between the performer and the specific audience is the art.In the visual arts, such as photography, you create an image and on that work you can physically sign your name. The audience, without changing the work as it was intentionally created, can study that one work. The artist has no interaction with the audience who experience the creation.
At any given moment, I am processing and absorbing a vast amount of new information when practicing my camera work—from technical and equipment considerations to lighting and composition. I am then interpreting this information through my own eyes, prior knowledge and emotional filters—then, hopefully, capturing these ideas into the completed work, which results from the “Click” that freezes my creation.
Surrounded by experienced pros and talented amateurs who willingly share their work, their knowledge, vast experiences and who encourage me to find my own way, I will be forever grateful to the members of the Brattleboro Camera Club.
My photographic journey began in the digital age. My first digital camera, bought about 15 years ago, was a 5 mp Canon point-and-shoot. When I saw the beautiful shots of my granddaughter that my son was taking with a similar camera, I just had to have one. Most of my focus at that time was photographing my family and I let the camera do all the work.
But curiosity led me to explore the more technical side of cameras, as well as post processing, and I began taking classes and workshops. I moved to Nikon and bought my first DSLR. I joined a photo club and met some wonderful friends. We shot together and learned together under the tutelage of a master photographer who worked in advertising for most of his life. He shared his knowledge and experiences and taught us about light and how to ‘see’. Thus began the creative side of photography for me. I’ll be forever grateful for those years.
Today I am continuing my exploration with the Brattleboro Camera Club, surrounded by experienced pros and talented amateurs, who share their work and encourage me to find my own way. I have discovered the joy of printing and exhibiting my work. I have twice participated in a group exhibit with the club, the first at a local Brattleboro coffee shop and then at the Vermont Welcome Center on Route 91.
I have assisted shoots of real estate, an advertising spread for an upscale restaurant, and for a magazine article on a prototype Land Rover. I have shot school photos, senior yearbook pictures, and a photograph of two families used to advertise their business in brochures and newspapers. But mostly I shoot for myself - to learn and experiment and for the pure joy of it.
Since my earliest days I have been a photo hobbyist starting with my Brownie camera, kodak instamatics and many types of 35mm film cameras. Much of my photography has been documentary, either of work projects or of other interests such as hiking. After working 32 years with the Public Works as an Engineer Tech in Brattleboro, I left them stacks of color prints and years of digital photos on their computers of many past projects. And I have stacks in my house plus many transparencies.
With digital photography came editing which opens a whole new aspect of photography. I never developed or printed my own film. In addition to documenting life, I also enjoy photographing nature, landscapes and differing light conditions. There is always more to learn in photography and I like to try new techniques. I photograph with a canon dslr and a variety of lenses but also with quality point and shoots that let me cover more ground. Skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc.
My photos are used by the Town of Brattleboro including the top banner at Brattleboro.org and their Facebook page. Also many photos are in the Town Plan and Town trail map, both found on the town web site. During WWTP upgrades here in town I documented the work, start to finish and posted on a town Flickr page here.
I have one book cover credit, “Down from Cascom Mountain, by Ann Joslin Williams” and my photos have been used by the CT Rivers Council for a calendar.
Over the past few years I have worked on a project of documenting the construction of bridges 8 & 9 on I-91. I have plans to create a book on this project. My exhibit history is limited to projects with the Brattleboro Camera Club.
My photos can be found on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mountain_gary/
I have always been attracted by the beauty of nature and every day objects - the way that the sun creates shadows that are constantly changing. I am drawn to old places, buildings, abandoned houses. I am always curious about why the buildings were abandoned. I feel compelled to record their existence since I know that the next time I return they may be gone
I have been making photographs for more than 45 years. Until a few years ago I had a darkroom for all my black and white processing. Although I made the transition to digital processing I still miss the darkroom, its magic, even the smell of the chemicals.
I began with 35mm format, migrated to medium format using a Hasselblad, and am now using 35mm in a digital world. Ironically, I am performing edits to images which are similar to actions I performed on prints in my darkroom days.
My goal in all that I photograph is to depict the beauty of the scene to the viewer. Admittedly this is a subjective process but I try to render a realistic image - although I feel free to enhance the image to bring out what I felt when I took the photograph.
Although I capture all of my images in color, I often convert my images to black and white when I feel the scene will be interpreted better in black and white. I have been heavily influenced by Ansel Adams, John Sexton, and Steve Nestler.
I have displayed my work in New England, Philadelphia, Vermont, and various venues in New Jersey. I am a member of the Brattleboro Camera Club where, until two years ago I was the Treasurer. I was the founder and of the Cape May Light and Shadows, a photo group in Cape May, New Jersey. In Vermont I am an exhibiting member of the Vermont Center for Photography.
I have a website where I have built various galleries which display my work from a number of venues. My website is tom-singleton.artistwebsites.com
William Dixon has worked in digital photography for several years. Though diverse in what he photographs much of his work centers on portraiture,
architecture, and travel. Beginning with digital printing, William recently has expanded his printing skills to include alternative printing processes
that were popular from 1850 -1900. Through attending workshops, youtube, and trial-and-error he has made cyanotype, carbon, salt, photogravure,
palladium and other types of prints. William is presently working on a portfolio of kallitype prints based on his digital images of the California missions.
William has been an active participant in group shows organized by the Brattleboro Camera Club.
He has had exhibits in BCC shows at the Crowell Gallery in the Moore Free Library, Newfane [Barns of Windham County, Bridges of Windham County],
Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, and Mocha Maya Coffee House in Shelburne Falls, Ma.
(descriptions below the images)
Bill Dixon at Vermont Center For Photography
- Big Red Trucks: a series of front-on photos of the logging trucks of Cersosimo Lumber Company in Brattleboro
- Face to Face: a collection of twenty-two portraits displayed at Amy's Bakery Café, Brattleboro
- Artists Work Like This: an exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography which looked at the materials, processes, and products of a group of local artisans
- The Berlin Wall: The Works Bakery Cafe in Brattleboro provided space for a documentary visual presentation of the history of the Berlin Wall, including maps, the Wall, portraits of victims, and quotes by politicians
- The Barns of South-Eastern Vermont: a group of images which document these iconic architectural buildings of the area
- Getting from A to B: a whimsical look at how we move from one place to another, including such methods as skateboards, vintage cars, trains, boats, and foot
- Thirteen Photos is Thirteen Days: a series of photographs from a 13-day trip to Italy
- The Missions of California [upcoming]; the exhibit will be held at the Crowell Gallery in the Moore Free Library, Newfane, Vt. - the photographs will illustrate the religious icons, architecture, and grounds of nineteen of these historical missions.
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