Artist's Statement

chasfs - photo by ela

chasfs - photo by ela

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Who is chasfs?

I take pictures, transform them into art, and make prints. I've studied photography with Marion Patterson and others, and have a degree from a school in upstate New York. I like to guard my privacy in this age of identity theft.

What does chasfs believe?

I believe that life is hectic. Art can help us relax, meditate, pray, become more spiritual, see the world in a new way, grow. We should do all we can to help mankind survive.

I'm in a mimimal manipulation phase right now, but virtually all good photographers have cropped, dodged, burned, colored and otherwise manipulated their images to express what they felt in their hearts. Digital manipulation makes it easy to turn a photograph into surreality - a world where every flower has maximum color saturation - colors have been switched - dimensions have been stretched - all of the litter has been picked up.

In the past, my art has always been constrained - I wanted to make large prints, but had to rely on a commercial printer to make prints bigger than 11x14. The combination of medium format film photography, digital imaging, and affordable large format printers, allows me to create images that embody the grandeur of the world around us and show the spirit of all humanity. This art form is not the same as traditional photography - I have more freedom to create images that are substantially different than what is captured on the film. The Reflections gallery shows some of this work. In the past, I made reflection images, such as Spirit's Eye, by printing an image emulsion side up and emulsion side down and framing multiple prints of these together. But it was always frustrating - the commercial printers don't always match exposure carefully enough, they don't dodge and burn exactly the same print to print; its a time consuming and error prone process. But now, I can precisely realize my concepts because I have the full control necessary to make each print picture perfect.

A note on the date for each image - generally, this is when the film was exposed. The digital "darkroom" work has mostly been done since 2001. If you have any questions about this, or anything else related to my work, please leave a note in the guestbook or send me an email.

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