Around 1996, this photographer discovered the digital darkroom and a new computer program called Photoshop. Early digital imaging was frowned upon by many artists and photographers, but many of us saw the potential. With digital, the magic of the chemical darkroom can be on your desktop but with even more power and creativity. The likes of which the pioneers of photography could never have imagined. With over 20 years of serious film photography on my resume I leaped head first into this vast digital ocean and have never looked back. I still appreciate and use film for special projects but could not, nor would I want to, leave digital. With digital photography, the power to create an image as we see it, not necessarily as it appears, lies within every one of us.
I am a firm believer in the proper use of digital techniques in image creation. Caveat - any software or device must not be used in and of itself, but as a tool to aid in the creation of what the photographer desires to express.
"I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them." Ansel Adams