Reverse Osmosis…

…wherein water drops soak up the rose light.

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Wayne Upchurch

For years, as a “professional ogler” (a newspaper staff photographer), I simultaneously explored photography as craft/process/medium in its own right. The photojournalism work –credentials and mindset– got me into (and out of) places I would certainly never have had access to on my own. I was also practicing the discipline of getting a picture where there didn’t appear to be one and getting it Finished in a timely manner, to professional standards. I also learned to create imminently readable images despite poor reproduction in a small size. Though it took me several years to get this, the value of making photos that illustrated something already laid out in the story was suddenly Not Enough, and I began to make assignment pictures that added dimensions not already in the writing, or better Yet, raised questions so that the reader would go to the story for more answers. Having gained more than dreamt of, when starting out, I left to pursue my own personal photography, mounting exhibits along the way. I also worked with commercial photographer friends doing studio product photography, and making headshots for actors. Later, I also helmed a Public Radio “spacemusic” program, and acted in a Wilmington, NC drama company. I put the cameras away for a few years, to finish shedding the habit of self-limiting my identity as just “Photographer”, and can now pursue personal pleasure and expression through the freedom that digital imaging offers. Sharing photos on Flickr and participating locally in meetups and outings has renewed a passion for making new images and for sharing the process with others. For some time, I’ve found myself writing detailed comments on other people’s photos, as well as thoughts and pet ideas about photography, in general.

5 thoughts on “Reverse Osmosis…”

  1. Thank you, Thomas; your appreciation feels good.
    You have had a run of rich landscapes, I've noticed, and gotten some nice recognition for them; Congratulations!

  2. Thank you Wayne. And yes, I have had a bit of success lately but you and I both know how fickle the G+ public can be, so I will enjoy it for now as it may not last my friend :).

    I noticed you have a new and 'very interesting' profile photo. Like it!

  3. Fickle, yes; any public will be. And, as you note, that only means we appreciate them, and put them in  perspective, as well. The recognition is the rare icing on the occasional cake. We play on.
    Incidentally, that portrait of my father keeps on giving; I realize the gift of that opportunity more, every time I share it, as I did with my Mankind Project Elders group last night.

  4. I wasn't sure if it was you in the portrait but the resemblance was uncanny. I thought that maybe it was some kind of art thing you put together. Funny how we resemble more and more our parents as we get into old age. I look more and more like my Dad as each year goes by when I used to think my brother resembled him more than myself 🙂

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