Artist Statement

      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.
 

Awards

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
2017 Gladding McBean: 
Through the Artist's Eye
Art League of Lincoln Lincoln - California 3 Images Accepted
2016 Twelve:
It's About Time
Viewpoint Gallery Sacramento - California 1 Image Accepted
2015 Viewpoint Fieldtrips Viewpoint Gallery Sacramento - California 2 Images 
2014 Twelve:
Small Wonders
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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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