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mARK BERGSMa

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST

Classic Film Collection

My journey as a photographic artist began in 1979. My father gave me a Canon AE-1. His comment... "I think you have some talent. Why not give it a shot!"

Within a year I was using a Pentax 6x7 and a Wista 4x5 field camera. The allure of photography had captured my heart. In those early years, street fairs became part of my training ground. I printed my work in a make-shift darkroom. I had my first gallery showing here in Bellingham at Gallery West. I distinctly remember an "art critic" for the local newspaper panning the show and commenting that "I lacked maturity", but I did not let that deter me. I was creating art with film.

 

Over three decades, of commitment to photography, have taken me down some unpredictable pathways. Visualizing light striking film became a sort of Zen experience. Wonderful and unique people were met along the way. Business decisions developed. Monetary and spiritual rewards seemed to be fighting each other. Enormous amounts of money were spent on gear. 18 years of gallery ownership was in there. Several years of digital retouching consumed me. Video/colorist directions, with a hopeful entry in the film business, deterred my focus from still photography.

 

There were unusual places, I would have never gone, around many “corners.” In this loyal pursuit of creativity and an artful approach to photography, time and technology passed by like overhead clouds riding an onshore breeze. Commercial photographic interest danced through the door. A magnetic interest in food, product, architectural and portrait photography approached from a distant horizon. I was working hard at keeping “the wheels on the bus.”

Classic Film ~ Folio One

Classic Film ~ Folio Two

"For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom." - John Sexton

 

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mark bergsma | PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST