Roundabout to Centering
“One of the major influences has been the cinematography of Sergei Eisenstein, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Wells, etc during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The use of camera angle, lighting, composition, etc, in films of this period are an influence in my photography and videography. In my work, I am looking to take a familiar or unfamiliar image and capture part or the whole view for an artistic image. Using Lightroom and ON1, I develop and compose a single image from multi-images . Presently, my work is evolving from the ‘naturalistic and realistic images’ to a more creative vision of the image using digital software for both photography and video.”
My introduction to photography was a required course for an undergraduate architectural degree. After developing film and printing my first black and white photographs, I discovered the excitement of capturing and developing an image. During my military service and after graduate school, I traveled in Asia and Europe studying architecture and taking photographs.
Because of employment, I drifted away from photography for about 25 years. During fall 2002 and spring 2003, I took a sabbatical to pursue academic interests, study architecture, and travel in the United States and Europe. During this time, I rediscovered the excitement of the capturing and developing images. Several years ago, I have made the transition from film to digital while still using the principles of photography learned from film and the wet darkroom. Recently, my interest in images has been extended to video. Also, volunteering with K-5 grade art teacher developing, implementing and facilitating activities in the art room.
Artist Website: www.mitchellspencer.com
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