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Harold Ross to Speak at our July 8th Meeting
We are pleased to welcome Harold Ross to the Princeton Photography Club!
Harold’s 40-year photographic career began in fine art (he has a degree in fine art photography from MICA) and as a teacher. He then owned (for 30 years) a commercial studio producing images for advertising. For the last decade, Harold has returned to his roots, now concentrating entirely on fine art photography as well as teaching. He specializes in Light Painting, a technique involving "painting" the light over a long time exposure. Harold refers to his image-making process as “Sculpting with Light”. His work mainly involves still life, but he also makes photographs of larger subjects as well as landscapes (shot at night of course).
Sculpting with Light; a Transformative Process
Harold will present his "Sculpting with Light" process, a technique that he has been perfecting for 30 years. (Yes, that's right! Harold used light painting on transparency film, before Photoshop existed!) He will show you how his photographic methods using the technique of light painting can transform the ordinary into the remarkable.
In his still life work, Harold is drawn to photograph things that have history; old machines, tools and various other still life subjects. His goal is to elevate and monumentalize these subjects, which are often taken for granted. His transformational approach to photography can, in a way, breathe new life into his subjects.
In his light-painted landscape work, Harold is interested in the interplay between the real and the unreal. An unmistakably real scene, illuminated in a way that can’t happen in nature, creates a quandary in the mind of the viewer. In a more subtle way, this same interplay exists in Harold’s still life work.
Harold will also touch on the amazing power of enhancing dimension and depth through specialized (yet simple) masking techniques in Photoshop. These masking methods, which Harold teaches in his workshops, are akin to painting and drawing, and are not taught as photographic techniques anywhere else.
Harold will be using his images to convey the transformative nature of his image-making process, which allows one to transform an ordinary subject into something remarkable!