Thomas Gardner [BeeMan458]

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BIOGRAPHY

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.

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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.

Thomas

GALLERIES

Outside My Front Door

A Rainy Day In Town

Canon 16-35mm

Favorites

Neomodernism

Postmodern

Silicon Valley (San Jose,) California, USA (An insider's view)

Lense Samples/Equipment Samples

Flowers

Canon 85/1.2L Mk II

Canon 35L

Golden Gate to Crescent City

Favorites II

PHOTOS

Translucent Sunshine

Patriotic 9-11 Flag.

Mavericks of Pillar Point

I am the Quiet of Your Day.

Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz

View From A Stairway

Silicon Valley Sunrise

Central California Vista

Oak in the Mist

Reflections of a Rainy Kind

Outside of Subaru

What's under the hood of a Subaru

Like a Moth to a Flame

Translucent Sunshine

Failed Dreams and Broken Promises.

Rainy Night

Rainy Night

Morning Light

California Green

California Hay

Beginning of Attack

55 Almaden Blvd

Translucent Light

Traditionally Yours

Trying To Fit In

After the Harvest

The Last Doorway of Winter

A Winter's View

Barriers to a Failed Dream

Lost Angel Wings

My Homage to the Postmodern Photographic Art World

Last Sight Before Impact

Yearning

Quiet

Quiet

Lonely

What Comes After

What Comes After

What Comes After

What Comes After

Power Inverter setup

Bailey Road

Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, Calif, USA

Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, California, USA

Postmodern Photograph #1

You Decide

Silicon Valley, 2004

Capital of Silicon Valley, 2004

Eggleston Revisited

Am I Really Here?

Silicon Valley,2004

Reaffirmation of Life

Who R You

As Dreams Patiently Watched Over

Earmarked For Demolition, Del Monte Plant

Can You See The View

Highway 85 @ Winfield

Silicon Valley, 2004

Silicon Valley, 2004

Silicon Valley, 2004

Good-by Diane Nemerov (Arbus)

Eggleston Revisited

Silicon Valley, 2004

Silicon Valley, 2004

Silk Flowers

Impending Darkness

Rainy Night

Rainy Night

Rainy Night

McKean Rd

McKean Rd

Silicon Valley, 2005

Life's Empty Moment

McKean Rd

Stairway on First Street

Silicon Valley 2004

My Wife Likes to Grow Flowers

Will's Portrait

Sherri's Flower

Sante Teresa Blvd under the 220KV lines

Happy Birthday

Pumpkin Patch

Golden Gate Windmill

Markins M-20 L

Converted 468MGRC0 w/RRS lever clamp

Sherri's Flowers

Sherri's Flowers

Sherri's Flower

McKean Road

McKean Road

McKean Road

Sherri's Flower

Eggleston Revisited

Sherri's Flowers

Silicon Valley, 2006

Silicon Valley, 2006

Silicon Valley, 2006

Silicon Valley, 2006

Abandoned Chinese Cemetery: Circa 1905

Abandoned Chinese Cemetery: Circa 1905

Sherri's Flowers

Sherri's Flowers

Silicon Valley, 2006

Sherri's Plant

Cliff House, San Francisco

Camera Obscura, Cliff House, San Francisco

Ocean Beach from Cliff House; San Francisco

Ocean Beach from Cliff House, San Francisco

Geary Street, San Francisco

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Window Light

Reaffirmation of Life, II

Crescent City; Light House Area

Battery Point, Crescent City

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City

Big Lagoon, Eureka, CA

Patrick's Point

Patrick's Point

Patrick's Point

Patrick's Point

Patrick's Point

Westport, Mendicino County

Pt Arena Light House

Robinson Point

Tomales Bay, Inverness

Tomales Bay

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Tamales Bay

Bolinas Point

Bolinas Lagoon

Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach

Muir Beach

Muir Beach

Golden Gate; Crissy Field

Rainy Day, Meridian & Hamilton

Cliff House, San Francisco

Cliff House, San Francisco

Cliff House, San Francisco

Alviso, San Jose, CA

Muir Beach

Stinson Beach

Point Reyes, CA

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Point Reyes

Tomales Bay, Inverness, CA

McKean Road

McKean Road

Calero Reservoir

Spring Brood

Coyote Valley

Sleeping Heart Rate

OvenRoaster

Sherri's Pic

Garmin Heart Rate Chart

Garmin Heart Rate 3

Garmin4

Garmin2

Garmin

Untitled

Garmin4