Artist: Raymond Gaynor
I am an aspiring artist who uses photography as my medium. Harbor Springs and Ann Arbor, Michigan are home, but I traveled all over the US and world during my career. Now, I devote myself to creating and sharing fine art images, hopefully beautiful and inspiring, that captured my emotions and feelings when I pressed the shutter button.
Photography has been a lifelong pursuit. I started seriously doing photography with a Nikon f501 film camera in 1987, while living in Manley NSW, Australia. Initially, I devoted myself to black and white images, following the pioneering processes of Ansel Adams who defined black and white as a true artistic medium. I attended classes and workshops, joined like interest groups and did a lot of self-teaching. Never satisfied with the quality and finished outcome when using third parties photo labs, I took it upon myself to control all aspects of the image from pushing the shutter button to framing the finished print. Having my own darkroom, I developed my exposed film into negatives, developed proof sheets, trial prints, and finished prints on archival museum quality paper. The process was taking only the highest quality print for mounting and using archival museum quality dry mounting processes and materials. All of my prints are meant to live well over one hundred years.
This dedication to detail and quality still continues from the film world to digital. Today I capture my emotions and feelings on a full frame Nikon DSLR camera, which has greater image resolution and detail than many film cameras. I continue to print images now on an industry leading Epson professional printer. Besides printing, Epson is considered the industry leader in dispensing their unique pigmented inks which are rated as high in archival and longevity as past film processing.
Please enjoy browsing through my galleries and images. My hope is that you may sense some of my emotions I felt when I pressed the shutter and maybe, just maybe, you will create your own set of emotions and feelings that will last a lifetime.