Thomas Gardner [BeeMan458]
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The normal childhood stuff, some good, a lot bad but that's all in the distant past.
Went to De Anza Community College 75-78 after a stint in the Navy, 71-75 (didn't go to Nam) and received an AA transferable with a major in Professional Photography. Didn't have the monies nor family support for a full degree so it was out into the wonderful work world.
I have since picked up a "B" Contractor's license, an Agriculture and a Structural pest control license. I am licensed, bonded and insured to provide construction/pest control services in the state of California.
I live with my wife and son in a rented duplex South of San Francisco in Silicon Valley.
I've done weddings, portraits and product photography with LF, MF and 35mm film cameras. I have so many hours in the darkroom that I hate the darkroom and consider digital to be a photographic God send.
My interest in photography extends back to the early 1960's, when just a little kid mowing lawns in the hot Fresno sun for a couple of bucks and like many, I took advantage of the Jr. H. S. darkroom in the science lab during lunch hour. Was ship photographer in the Navy on the USS Kansas City 73-75 (AOR-3).
Currently, I'm studying art history and working on my artistic efforts as a photographer. I started out to be a photographer and ended up a reluctant artist.
Last couple of photo books read; Elizabeth Janus's "Veronica's Revenge"; a dopey but insightful book for the few pearls which it has to share and Susan Sontag's extremely lucid and insightful "On Photography" which is a proverbial "Who's Who" of photography. Take of month or two with this short book and keep the broadband close at hand when you read this effort so as to get maximum potential/exposure. This gal's brilliant in her writings.
Other then the above, I photograph when I can, have no hero's other than Ronald Reagan and feel that Progressive Humanists jumped off the cliff of reality back around the 20's with Breton's Surrealism and hit bottom with Serrano's staged images. Yes I understand the need of the social critique process but do you understand the foibles of this same said process?
The intent of my photography is to reveal ephemeral/visceral human emotions and a slice of daily life that one won't see when going about their daily lives. I wish to move photography forward out of it's photographic Postmodern malaise by combining photographic Postmodern with photographic Modernism into a form of Neomodernism.
Wishing all well in their photographic efforts.
May you go through life with life's confirming breeze in your face and an uplifting song in your heart.
May you have a friend by your side; in all times, of trouble and joy.
Enjoy in life the moments where you feel the cool of the breeze and the warmth of the sun for this tells you that you're alive.
Never forget to savor the wet feel of rain on your face because to not do so says that you're dead.
May your life be so blessed as life is short and cannot be called back so make joy when you can, bare up under the sorrow and share life's journey through your photography.