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Gary’s professional career spans more than three decades and includes, fine art, portrait, and commercial photography. His knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm for the photographic image enabled him to successfully teach theory and technique at the college level and seminars in Europe on the English country landscape.
My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Website
We’ve previously featured Gary Wagner’s images in a 4x4 portfolio. Gary, who lives in California, works exclusively in black and white and has been making images for over 30 years using film and now digital cameras. An understanding of light links his commercial work and his personal landscape photography which he talks about more for us in this issue.
Can you tell readers a little about yourself – your education, early interests and career? How and when did you first become interested in photography?
I currently work full time as a fine art photographer specialising in black and white landscape photography. I live in Northern California and have easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the California coast both of which are favourite subjects for my landscape photography. I have been making black and white images of the landscape for over three decades previously using an 8x10 view camera with sheet film and now with a digital camera.
I first became interested in photography while working on my high school newspaper. At that time I was taking photos for the school paper and photos for my own enjoyment of rural backroads of Midwestern, USA. Most of my work was in black and white as I developed and printed the images at home in a makeshift darkroom. My early years in photography were about learning the craft of photography and developing my vision as a photographer and an artist.