Jonathan Brewer [Jonathan Brewer]

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BIOGRAPHY
I became interested in Photography at a young age from admiring the grace, charm, and pride projected in the heirloom images of my ancestors, I became even more interested in photography by watching 'film noir' and the stylized lighting techniques used in these films........................................................................................................................ .......At about the time I started college, I became interested in the technical aspects of lighting, framing, and composition, and I began to read books on that subject matter, and enrolled and audited several courses in art and painting,...........at about this same time, I purchased my first professional 35mm camera, a Nikon FTN along w/a Vivitar Ser. 1 varifocal lens. I found myself drawn to photographing people at MacArthur park in central Los Angeles when not in class, photographing alone in the park was of a great concern to my parents............................................................................................... .........I went on later to work in film and televison production as a trainee with training stints at Hanna Barbera, the animation studio, The Burbank Studios, MGM, Technicolor, and I also worked for the better part of a year at Jim Lyles optical on the MGM lot, and then became an assistant cinematographer for a number of years on camera crews, I received a great amount of formal training regarding light metering and lighting in general from the various Directors of Photograpy that I was fortunate to work with....................... .........I've gone on to opening my own portrait business, one of my images, 'Portrait of Dayna' is the 'signature' image of my website www.imageandartifact.bz, and is being showcased @ www.cookeoptics.com(the english firm which produces film and still camera lenses), as an example of their 229mm Cooke PS945 large format lens............. ........I've written an article for www.alternativephotography.com chronicling my creations of 'Cyclops I' and 'Cyclops II', which are single element lenses I've used as portrait lenses. I've recently completed my website www.imageandartifact.bz and I was fortunate in that Joe Farace noticed the website and is featuring the website in his 'Great photo sites reviewed' series, in his 'Webprofiles' column, for Shutterbug magazine, the March 6, 2006 edition...................................................................................................................... .......I was recently asked to join the membership with upload privileges of a Chinese forum out of Bejing, 'Paowang', a great honor for me, I've had 15000(as of Aug. 2008 views there of my work, and I have two articles, a 'Last Word' article, and an 'RF Cookbook' article in the January 2007 issue of Rangefinder magazine that chronicle two of my images, 'Aureole' and the image '291' which are located in the 'Diaphanes' gallery on my www.imageandartifact.bz website..................................................................... ............................................................................................................................... I've just started a photography blog called 'iOpen' which is my idea of a place where folks who love and/or use classic/soft focus/portrait lenses, and much more. You also can exchange ideas and upload images. 'WideOpen' is at http://wideopen1.squarespace.com.

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