I have been fascinated with photography and in particular black and white photography since my early teenage years. After seeing many incredible black and white images, it became clear to me that in order to be successful, not only must I deliver dramatic compositions with the placement of objects within the physical boundaries of the format, but also through the play of light and shadow.
My photographic work gravitates towards places and sites where the light is spilling over or across the subject matter. Whether the scene is at on old factory, a mountain scene, an old castle or small abstract details, I strive to deliver images that provide a sense of serenity and calm.
Most of my work is with traditional Silver Gelatin prints that have been archival processed and presented. A portion of the images on this web site are contact prints - which are made by placing the negative in direct contact with the photographic paper - there is no enlarger used in this case, and the resulting image will be between 4x5 inches and 12x20 inches - purely driven by the film size I used.
I also use digital cameras and the processes which have become another "tool in my tool chest" and has enabled me to work in color – something that I had virtually abandoned in the late 1990’s.
About the Photographer
Born in San Mateo, Ca in 1959, Steve and his wife Joy (see Joy's Portfolio) reside in Cameron Park which is nestled in the Sierra Foothills just east of Sacramento. Steve has been actively pursuing photography as a source of artistic expression since 1995. In 1998 Steve began his association with the 'Friday Night Gang,' a group of fellow photographers that has challenged, critiqued and supported him in his pursuit of photography as an artisitic expression. He and Joy have two grown children, 4 spoiled percolators (aka Cats) and one very energetic Miniature Australian Shepherd.
|2017||Gladding McBean: Through the Artist's Eye||1st Place||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln - California|
|2001||KVIE Art Auction||1st Place in Photography / Digital Art||KVIE-Gallery||Sacramento - California|
|1999||KVIE Art Auction||1st Place in Photography||KVIE Gallery||Sacramento - Cailfornia|
|1995||Sacramento's Best||Accepted||Darkroom||Sacramento - California|
Selected Solo and Group Shows
|2010||Edifice Europa||Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||15 images / 3 Person Show|
|2003||Through My Lens||SMUD Gallery||Sacramanto - California||Solo Show|
|2002||Gladding McBean||Audio Editions Gallery||Auburn - California||Solo Show|
|2002||Feats of Clay||Sierra Hills Gallery||Lincoln - California||Solo Show|
|2001||Making Contact||Darkroom Gallery||Sacramento - California||Solo Show|
|1999||European Sojourn||Darkroom Gallery||Sacramento - California||Solo Show|
|1997||Introductory Show||Darkroom Gallery||Sacramento - California||5 Images / 3 Person Show|
Group Shows and Juried Competitions
|2018||Mixing Light with Clay:
Photographs from the Gladding, McBean Pottery
|Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||4 Images Accepted|
Through the Artist's Eye
|Art League of Lincoln||Lincoln - California||3 Images Accepted|
It's About Time
|Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||1 Image Accepted|
|2015||Viewpoint Fieldtrips||Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||2 Images|
|Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||2 Images Accepted|
|2010||Photographs from Gladding McBean||Viewpoint Gallery||Sacramento - California||1 Image Accepted|
|2006||Viewpoint at the University of Pacific||University of Pacific||Stockton - California||2 Images|
|2004||Pipe Dreams & Pottery Vision||El Camino High School||Sacramento - California||3 Images|
|2003||Friday Night Gang||Darkroom Gang||Sacramento - California||2 Images|
|2001||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln - California||1 Image|
|2000||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln - California||1 Image|
|1999||Darkroom Gallery||Darkroom||Sacramento - California||2 Images|
|1999||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln Arts||Lincoln - California||2 Images|
|1998||SMUD Gallery||SMUD Gallery||Sacramento - California||2 Images|
|1997||University of Pacific||University of Pacific||Stockton - California||3 Images|
Participataory Group Shows/Events at Viewpoint Gallery