Alison Brooks is our judge for the year end competition - June 2019

I have been involved in photography for the last twenty-five years. As a primarily self-taught artist, I began in the black and white darkroom producing my first images using “old fashioned” wet techniques. I progressed through color processing and printing and on to digital darkroom methods. Despite the availability of current technology, I still prefer working in the traditional darkroom, especially for black and white images.

For the last twelve years of my photography career, I have been the owner/operator of Negative Space Photography. During that time I produced countless images for customers and instructed hundreds in darkroom and general photography techniques. I have continually produced my own artistic images during this time, and plan to pursue fine art photography indefinitely. My “tools of the trade” include everything from 35mm to 4x5 field cameras. I have photographed with microscopes, telescopes, kaleidoscopes and pinhole cameras, and I have often said that if anyone can figure out how to attach a lens to a kitchen sink, I will doubtless try that also.

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