Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for December 2014
Larry has been interested in photography since he was 14 and he was the photographer for the Public Relations Club in high school. In the years following, he designed and worked in his professional one-man black and white, 35mm darkroom for processing, printing, matting and framing. Having converted over entirely to digital, he now takes everything in RAW with the camera set to manual mode, post processing in Lightroom and fine-tuning in Photoshop.
Larry is a retired high school science teacher with most of his formal education in the sciences. He also taught a course in photography for three years. He has taken photography courses over the years at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and at Capitol Campus, Penn State and was mentored by Sandy Starobin (star reporter for KYW, photographer, and teacher) and participated in a group exhibit he organized at the Doshi Gallery in Harrisburg.
Professional photographers Bryson Leidich and Peter Kornweiss have been an extremely helpful guide and instructors through the years, but a lot of Larry’s photographic education has been self-taught, through reading about and studying the works of several master photographers including Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Minor White and Dorothea Lange.
Below is a recent Q&A with Larry.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I have been taking photographs since 1960. In 1962, I was the photographer for the public relations club in High School. I have worked with 35mm firm and operated my own professional, one-man, black and white darkroom before adopting the digital format… now working with RAW files and processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. My work is done exclusively for my own personal spiritual growth and is a reflection of me.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I believe that we can learn more about God through all of His creation and His Spirit can be found in His creation. Photography, or the art of seeing, is the ideal medium for capturing that spirit within an image. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand, and Minor White would be a few. Of course… Like Ansel Adams said, “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
When you spend the time with any piece of art, if you really do your best, there is not one piece that shines above another… they all shine for you, and you hope they do for others too.
What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?
Learn to look, really look, from all angles, in all light, until you, from your own unique perspective, finally begin to see.
Larry’s work has been exhibited in several local coffee houses, with future exhibits scheduled at the Gallery@Second in Harrisburg, PA, and the Moravian Manor in Lititz, PA. He has also published two photography books and produced a video of his work. You can find out more at his website, SightAndLight.com