Photographic Journey

Inspiration is light at the opportune moment.

I have been called a prolific photographer and overactive traveller,
to which I plead guilty. I try to capture time and place in a
way that imparts the experience of the space as well as a compelling
image. Some but not all trips are planned on what the area will
offer photographically and not just a location.

I was introduced into photography by my father who as a Florida
Highway Patrol officer was always documenting accident scenes.
He gave me an Argus C3 with all the out dated Black and White
film I could shoot to start out with. We played a game of guess
the f-stop while driving around Florida which gave me a chance
to really see how the Sunny 16 rule played out.

I eventually migrated to Nikon SLR's with film and now photograph
100% digitally, still with Nikon for the cameras and lens. I
post process using both Nikon Software and Photoshop, however
I try to get the images initially the way I want them in camera.

I was very fortunate several years ago to be able to take my
rough Black and White prints into the Polk Museum of Art, scatter
it on them on the floor in front of a great installation of Ansel
Adams works and mark up the images for tone, contrast, highlights,
and depth of field, not content tho'. I then went back to the
computer and began to hone my printing skills in the post processing
world of the electron and icc profiles.

There are times I have had photographs described as literal
interpretations of a scene or subject, however I do enjoy encouraging
the viewer of my work to concentrate on a specific item using
depth of field, and/or skewing the camera's position using a fish-eye

Recently, one of my friends who collects quite a bit of my
work described my art show exhibits as "Photographic Haiku"
as in his eyes the showcase of the booth images takes you thru
my interpretive photographic journey using images instead of verse.

Please enjoy the site and email or call if you have any questions,
custom print sizes and papers are available upon request.


Tom Mack