Technical

Over 20,000 images have been taken on film with ancient Leicas and Nikons most with wide angle lenses. The negatives have been scanned for this website.  Archival enlargements (11"x14" & 16"x20") have been made (on an ancient Leitz Focomat) on fiber base paper.  

"Charitable" Purchase

These photos are not for sale; SteveG@ desires to remain an amateur.  However, an exchange may be made by your contribution to (an agreed upon) registered charity - Photographs copyrighted.  Specifics upon request. SteveG@StilledLife.com

 

Design

Despite deemed computer illiterate SteveG@ is the sole/soul designer of this website. After viewing a combined 1000 books, websites, & record jackets, a Jasper John's painting  "inspired" the Table of Contents.

Gratitude

Many thanks to TimK@, Mr. Technician, who put up with my petty demands "... a little darker here", "crop there...", "insert sky", "increase contrast" often reprinting the same picture frequently and still remember decades later the intricacies of each negative; to PhilomenaO'@ who is a master/mistress of digitizing technology (having attended many significant workshops) and who shares my enthusiasm for my quest; to DaveO@ for his patience to alter the layouts many times over and his ability to program this website despite being handicapped by a business computer and limited software; and especially to LindaS@ who enthusiastically shared in these explorations of the vanishing worlds and stimulated my creativity -see Dachau.

 

“Portrait” of Photographer,  SteveG@

Forty years ago (then famous) Jake Deschin (Popular Photography Mag.) “suggested” that I forego my job and possibly even my family to devote my life to photography.  Instead,  I invested the (necessary) time in this hobby over these extended years and now (with the digitizing of my better images and this website)  I am ready “to come out of the 'darkroom' ”.

 

For 70 years I  have roamed the nooks and crannies recording "Images Past Bye", explorations in time (more than space). Most  travelers would surely express bewilderment (as Linda & I often do)  in being in these locations.  “Do you believe we’re really here?” is often heard. London Shooting Escapade

 

Exploring the world with my camera has I believe,  increased “my life-value greatly”;  I do not explore through the lens but with it;  in order to record unusual scenes I wander (often aimlessly) off the beaten tracks and in doing so engage diverse people.  These close-up photos of people are taken (with a wide angle intimate lens) usually after personal interaction centering on their histories. Somehow my teasing, my blunt questions, or my friendly yet forceful intrusions into their “personal space" (using the camera as an excuse for being in their yards, homes, stores), …, result in an intimacy that permits close ups without reactions of discomfort. Most of the photos are not meant to be mere recordings but attempts to capture timeless ironies of life.

 

Thereafter, my sincere desire to hear their stories and record their interests/hobbies lead to further invitations.  Linda and I have experienced some exciting times, life histories, weddings, funerals, strange parties, and unusual meals where we chowed-down, greased-up, or dined.  Validation of these encounters were exemplified by visits by Carlos from Lisbon and Tsegna from Sophia. 

 

However, I am proudest of the images that normally would be ignored: juxtapositions, contrasts, ironies, contradictions,  and/or symmetries that to me represent "artistic compositions". These thought provoking “Images Passed By” are best exemplified by the Mannequins and Sans Viewfinder series. For my one photojournalistic shoot view London Crime Scenes

 

Comments appreciated, SteveG@StilledLife.com      Table of Contents