Chick Rhodehamel

Photographic Experience:

It began In the summer of 1962 while on a family camping trip through the western United States; I learned the basics of photography and the perils and challenges of capturing that perfect image. That summer’s photography was with a medium format twin lens reflex camera without benefit of a light meter. I did however have a pretty good eye for composing.

Art/Photography classes in high school provided more photographic experiences: 35mm photography; medium format; darkroom processing, and enlarging prints. I also studied the elements and discipline of photographic themes, photojournalism, worked with models, lighting, and sets.

During my career as a Field Ecologist, photo-documentation was a job requirement. I had the opportunity to work throughout the country with different cameras and lenses and advanced 35mm cameras on a variety of assignments. I was required to photograph site conditions for file purposes, court/legal actions, and illustrative images for reports.

In recent years, I of course found digital photography. But I still do a good amount of work with the film (medium format). My science training and education has me struggling with megapixels versus billions of molecules. I like both for different reasons and conditions.


Black and White

Why the monochrome for most of my images? Well, it is what I started with many years ago. It also has a special quality. Most of the world’s population was born after the advent of color photography. It is what is normal and expected. It is how we view our world- in color. We see and choose colors everyday. Our clothes, wall colors, carpet, furnishings, automobiles (Henry Ford’s statement about choose any color as long as it is black, not withstanding). All photographs capture that particular moment in time. Color photographs replicate and represent very well that moment in time. But a black and white image instantly stimulates the eyes and brain in another way. We have to interrupt those shades of gray, black, and white; to create another sort of image in our mind. To take that mind’s eye image to another level, I strive to play with darkness, light, shapes, and textures in my photographs. Some of the subject matter can even be intriguing.