... is a baker, business owner, photographer, cook, and semi-professional tinker living in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. He hails from Cleveland, Ohio and swears (like most expatriate Ohioans) that Ohio is a great place to come from. Ian owns a motorcycle, a house full of tools, and many, many film cameras of all ages - most of which are fully operational.
I only really know a few things about photography. First and foremost, photography is a system of showing others what I see and what I feel. In shortened form, I use it to convey how I see. Another is that there is none brighter than the light in the mind’s eye - also the hardest to shine for others.
The images I show represent how I’ve seen times, people, and places. They are the only true way I can share the imagery in my memory. Since I was old enough to press a shutter button, I have enjoyed photography. Both my grandfathers were accomplished amateur photographers, one winning awards from photography magazines of the day. I remember them best with cameras held in front of their faces. When I was nine or ten, my sister taught me to develop film in a pantry-darkroom the size of a small bathroom.
The best camera for photography is always the one you have with you. Some days, this challenges me. There are so many to choose from, so many techniques, and so many things and feelings to relate. So many times the temptation is to pack as many cameras as will fit, as many lenses as could be used, and enough film, batteries, memory cards... Sometimes the most gratifying of experiences comes from the deliberate labor of methods tried and true for more than a century-and-a-half. Sometimes it is from the deliberate speed and flexibility of a digital camera barely a year old.
While all the photos shown here are digital prints, they all started as traditional silver emulsion film negatives. They come from a variety of cameras, but the most notable are the tin cans that produced the black and white pinhole images. They are anamorphic, or display distorted perspectives of more than one viewpoint, and were exposed from 20 seconds to thirty minutes through a hole approximately three one-hundredths of a millimeter. These eerily stark images that often displays pronounced contrast and a sometimes unsettling representation of motion.