DEAD PHOTOGRAPHERS SOCIETY

KEN BLACKBURN



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My true passion for photography began in the fall of 1994 when I took my first photography class at Richland College. This is when I learned that photography was not only an art, but also a science. I learned the art of composition, lighting, and seeing in a way that allowed me to produce a fine photo in the darkroom that people would enjoy.

I found that by shooting a lot of film, that my photographic eye was capturing more images of quality, and that my time in the darkroom increased because of the number of good images. In fact, the time spent in the darkroom made me a better student and photographer. I learned a lot from my photography teachers, but much of my learning experience came from other students and fellow photographers working in the darkroom together. We shared ideas and photographic techniques that made the next photo outing a fun and educational experience.

Many years were spent working with black & white 35mm film including Kodak High Speed Infrared film. Once I learned the art of shooting infrared, the traditional Kodak T-Max film took a backseat. I was producing very high-grade images and getting the infrared fine art look to my work. I was encouraged by my instructors to purchase a medium format camera so I bought a Mamiya RZ-67 and a Sekonic L-508 light meter. This is when I really started learning more about lighting and the zone system.

I enjoy traveling to new and exciting places to capture my images. I have taken trips to the western part of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, lasting many days, and covering hundreds of miles. Each trip is well planned with photography the main reason. My special subject is black & white landscapes and infrared. I enjoy the whole photography experience from the planning, photographing, printing, mounting, and exhibiting.

I have been teaching a black & white darkroom class at Richland College for the past 10 years. This has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience getting to meet and share ideas with a variety of people with many different photographic angles and ideas. I have learned that the photographic experience is not only a learning process, but also a lifelong passion.