Genesis

Making Magic with Light

On a slow sunny summer Saturday, sitting on my front stoop, I was suddenly inspired to do something about my peculiar vision and the repeated remarks, “You see things differently.” I went to the bank, took out my whole life savings of $125.00, and bought my first camera, albeit used. I found an intensive course that promised to teach me in six weeks all that I would need to know about photography. I promptly proceeded to ruin my first two rolls of film. Disappointed but undaunted, I nevertheless decided to stay the course. My passion had been kindled!

 

 


Transitions

Synchronous Technological Event

After moving to New Hampshire I ran a commercial photography studio for three to four years doing primarily fashion and aerial photography. This experience helped to bring some clarity to my journey as an artist. I realized I was not interested in commercial photography as a means to express what was important to me. Moreover, I was frustrated with the fact that I had an increasing store of ideas but no way to execute them through traditional photographic means. It was 1991 and I was stuck. Synchronous with my growing dilemma, however, an event was emerging on the horizon. Amazingly, it was a technically challenging medium that came easily to me. And I knew from the beginning that it could allow me to give expression to the ideas I now wanted to explore.

The event: Digital Imaging. I was among the first generation of artists to embrace digital technology. Initially, in spite of immersing myself, I felt as if I couldn’t accumulate enough experience with it, and certainly I couldn’t accumulate it fast enough. The learning curve was somewhat steep, but I was like a rocket ship, and once again I was excited about creating art!


Digital Media

Painted Pixels

My early photographic work was devoted to the richness of a black and white aesthetic, something that readily lends itself to exploring the visual elements of line, shape, and space. Eventually I shifted to an exploration of color, which added intensity to the work. To this day I love using bright, strong hues, but not through photography per se. If it slowly dawned on me that using a traditional photographic approach was no longer right for me, it is because not even color photography could do justice to a new desire for painterly expressions of my inner vision about line, shape, space, and, yes, color. I sold and/or gave away my studio lighting equipment and darkroom apparatus, replacing them with computer hardware and software. And I never looked back. The digital medium had broken things open for me. This was particularly true because of a software program called Fractal Painter which, cleverly packaged in a standard utilitarian paint can, enables the digital artist to “paint” in a virtual environment.

In my current mixed media images I combine photographs of objects from reality with expressions of my inner vision through painted pixels and prismacolor pencils.

Ronnie McClure
Canterbury NH