In September of 2008 we closed the Mark Bergsma Gallery at Bellwether On The Bay so I could pursue new interests. Photographic retouching became a large part of that. I started a new "retouching service" business for photographers called "Beyond Capture Imaging". I was still creating, marketing and selling my fine art photography through galleries and various opportunities. Bev and I had traveled to Europe several times and the Nikon DSLR came along. My interest in "Impressionism" at the time influenced this new body of work you can view in this collection. My intentions were working at stylizing my images toward a more painterly look.
I never seemed to be able to settle. I often find myself wondering what was next for me. There seemed to be a never ending advance from film to digital photography techniques. Some daily writing kindled creative ideas. Concept driven photography began to crystallize. A website, built with some very technical tools, became an almost unachievable goal. Studio lighting expertise became a required skill. An undeniable understanding of color demanded my attention…. All these details and talents, figuratively hung on my wall like placards born out of desire.
Clearly, the most important thing I have realized is that holding a camera in my hands makes me feel at home. It is my true north. It has given me the gift of understanding. A certainty that this is what I was brought here for.
"The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding."