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James Black

Not everyone can be a painter or graphic designer; for some of us our talent is in photography. My philosophy is if a scene strikes a cord in your brain, then take the picture. We do not have to agree with everyone's notion of what constitutes art. Hemingway put it another way, "No subject is terrible if the story is true..."

Many photographers thought B&W was dead. It had no place in the digital age...it belonged to another age. But, as we get older we return to our roots. For the last 20 years I ignored my B&W roots, but recently I began the process of rediscovery. It is like finding a long lost friend or relative.

You might ask why B&W. Frankly, some photographs just look better in B&W. If a color image looks bland, try converting it to B&W and you will see subtle shades of gray that enhance the picture. Shadows and shapes are better defined. Its all in the eye of the beholder.

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James Black has uploaded Afternoon Sun

18th century setting

James Black has uploaded Canyon Debris

Debris had fallen through a narrow opening into a small Arizona canyon. The noon sun illuminated it and brought out the colors in the surrounding rocks.

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church is a historic church in New Mexico. It has been painted by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and is considered the most painted/photographed church in the United States.

San Francesco was constructed between 1772 and 1816 and is an outstanding example of a Spanish colonial church. Its main exterior feature is its massive adobe walls.

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church is a historic church in New Mexico. It has been painted by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and is considered the most painted/photographed church in the United States.

San Francesco was constructed between 1772 and 1816 and is an outstanding example of a Spanish colonial church. Its main exterior feature is its massive adobe walls.

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church is a historic church in New Mexico. It has been painted by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and is considered the most painted/photographed church in the United States.

San Francesco was constructed between 1772 and 1816 and is an outstanding example of a Spanish colonial church. Its main exterior feature is its massive adobe walls.

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Along the coast of Maine.

James Black has uploaded Maine Coast

Along the coast of Maine.

Mulholland Point on a foggy morning. The lighthouse is across from Lubec, Maine on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Another Year, Another Light is a different take on "The Bench" which is featured elsewhere on this site.

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Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.

James Black is now following Daniel Portnoy

Artist’s Statement
Welcome to my website, and thank you for having a look at my photographic art.
Only a few of my pictures are available here. My full gallery is at www.dportnoy.com.

A picture should provoke a feeling. With each photograph I make, my final goal is to create an image that conveys what I sensed and felt and what made me want to press the shutter release to capture that fleeting moment in time or place.
Shooting the picture is often only the start of the creative process. Although I generally do not add or remove anything significant from my pictures, I use many digital imaging techniques to enrich and enhance the final image to mirror my personal impressions and feelings towords the subject.

Seeing and being aware of your surroundings serves as the foundation of my photography. All you have to do is look and I’m always looking.


History.
I was born in 1943 in Finland. My first ‘real’ camera was the Kodak Retina lllc, which I bought with my savings from my summer job in 1958.
In 1962 we moved to Israel where I studied engineering. That same year I also acquired my first SLR, the venerable Nikon Photomic F.
In 1987 I started working as an IT consultant and software developer in Switzerland and since then I spend part of my time in Israel and part in Switzerland.
I have been an avid photographer for most of my life, including a stint as a wedding photographer end of the 1960s. I had my own darkroom and developed all my B&W work myself. In 2004 I went fully digital.
During the past few years I have been able to invest more time in my photography and have participated in several exhibitions (group and single) and have published a few books.
You are welcome to view my photographs on this site.

My full gallery site is here - http://www.dportnoy.com
My photo blog is here -http://blog.portnoy.ch
My facebook page is here - http://www.facebook.com/dpo.photo