Walt has been photographing since about 1957. The Junior High School he attended had a camera club with a darkroom. He studied photography at Brooks Institute of photography between 1969 and 1970. He has worked in the photo industry in camera shops, portrait studios, commercial studios and freelance work.
He owned two One-Hour/Custom Photo Labs from 1980 to 2002.
He currently operates a specialty photo lab and gallery and teaches private photo darkroom classes.
He has been a member of PhotoZone Gallery since 1992 and has exhibited there and in other galleries to include Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Umpqua Community College Gallery, Jacobs Gallery, Oregon Arts Alliance, Emerald Art Center, Maude Kerns Art Center, the Center For Photographic Art in Carmel California and most recently at the University of Oregon Law Center. He taught photography at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and Lane Community College. Walt also has a large body of Color, B&W and alternative process work. Walt has been involved in a project to create photo books.
There are six categories to view:
1) Black and White - Black and white was my first love in photography. Some of these images will be in the Sienna Woods section as well.
2) Color - Some color was shot on transparency material and some was on color negative. Others were digital files. Many of the images from transparencies were printed on Cibachrome, a process no longer available.
3) Sienna Woods - This was my first major project to end up as a book. Some of these images appear in the Black and White category as well. All images can be printed in B&W or Sepia. All color images can be converted to B&W and printed in neutral B&W or sepia.
4) Two Cultures, Side by Side - I grew up in the Northwest Texas Panhandle where everyone in the middle class employed good folks from the other side of the tracks. As a budding photographer armed with a decent medium format camera, I photographed the people around me. I always felt that both classes were equal, but in the back of my mind knew something wasn't quite right. As I reviewed these photos to create a book of early photography, I began to see that perhaps I wasn't as welcome in both worlds as this 13 year old boy thought he was. Looking at these friends now, I see that they had dignity and I respect them all the more now.
5) Photography in the 60's - Photos made earlier in the 60's during college years, plus others done in Santa Barbara California while attending photography school. Also you will find bits of a three month trip to Europe in 1969.
6) Early Digital Experiments - Back when I first started with Photoshop, I went a bit wild and especially liked a filter called find edges. My first show with such images was around 1995 at The PhotoZone Gallery on Broadway. It was black and white all printed on a laser printer. The second show had been colorized. Some were printed on color laser, others were converted to 35mm color negative film and printed on a photofinishing machine. I have included a number of chromoskedasic prints which is a darkroom printing process that creates unpredictable color effects on B&W photo paper. Note: Quality inkjet prints were not available at this time.
I also print with Platinum/Palladium. Images from the above categories can be converted to Platinum/Palladium. Not all work well in this medium. Platinum/Palladium prints are the most archival of any process in photography. They should last 1,000 years or more depending on storage techniques due the the inert nature of platinum and palladium metals. Sorry, I have no way to prove that!
All images are printed by archival methods.
I have published several books of my work which can be viewed on the Blurb website.
I made this video several years ago as a companion to my first book, "Sienna Woods". Along with the book I created an interactive PDF Disc with photos, some with audio clips explaining how the images were created.