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Contact: Don LaVange or wickenden@gmail.com

 

Something about my idea about photography

 

I've always been facinated. My first camera was a Nikkorex with a fixed (screwed) lens I got in a pawn shop. My father bought me an AE-1 when I turned 21. I lost it in my 30's and returned to photography with a half-hearted attempt when I bought a Ricoh-XRP. I wanted that match needle exposure indicator, I thought the FTb the highest design.

 

But, film... and processing. And, I'm a klutz in the darkroom, with messy chemicals and my fat fingering and forgetting.

 

When digital came, it was a 2.2 megapixel toshiba, followed by a Nikon Coopix 5700, followed by a D-70, and then a D-200. I currently shoot exclusively with a Nikon D800 with Nikkor lenses. I use a 50 1.4, a 110 Maco (old), a 28-70 3.5, and a 70-300,. These days I use Lightroom Classic CC almost and never even think about Photoshop.

 

I dislike set shots. If you see something of mine that looks set up, I'm either in "learning" mode, where it's essential to get it through my thick head, or I'm being coerced by loved ones.

 

I like people, doing what they do. If wish I knew how to put people at ease and do this all the time. I try to take every shot where I'm passing and suddenly I see something that is beautiful, the way the light works, the way the scene jumps at me. I tend to think of "it" as the photograph, that image I perceive, and work to "get" it.

 

I think it is interesting that some of my favorite images were taken accidentally, or a long time ago and with very bad equipment.

 

So, I'm trying.

 

Lately my project (beginning in 2020 again) is Photo a day. My rules: every day do three things: grab your camera (a real one), look for a photograph, and take photos. I like to post the "candidates" for the day earlier in the day, and decide before the day end what the photo will be. To that end I keep two folders to keep them separate.

 

I honestly don't know how to categorize what I shoot. Whatever looks interesting, and seems to want the framing.

 

I block creepers who have no real photos of their own to share, who fill their favorites with pictures of young people, and who happen to favorite one of my photos of my daughters or grandchildren.

 

Don

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  • JoinedJuly 2005
  • OccupationSenior Release Manager
  • HometownUxbridge, MA
  • Current cityPleasant Grove, UT
  • CountryUSA
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A man is lucky to have at least one Son and Don is mine. He has a remarkable ability to use our common language with impact. A keen sense of the aesthetic and an even keener sense of the differences between right and wrong in the most global sense. Watch his images carefully, because there is usually more there to… Read more

A man is lucky to have at least one Son and Don is mine. He has a remarkable ability to use our common language with impact. A keen sense of the aesthetic and an even keener sense of the differences between right and wrong in the most global sense. Watch his images carefully, because there is usually more there to luxuriate in than you would see in a quick glance. A good Son! A good man!

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January 1, 2006

Wickenden is a scholar an artist, a philosopher, a mystic and, an excellent cook. He is a 21 century renaissance man.

October 5, 2005

Wickenden is one very talented photographer. Almost all of his photographs are totally raw.....rarely set up, and I think this shows how much talent he really has. Someday I will cover the walls of my home in his pictures...and they keep getting better!

September 19, 2005