As a child I traveled with my parents across the country as my father was employed in Civil Service for IBM missile repair/service. This required what was termed ‘TDY’ and involved moving to a different location as often as every 3 months. From 1963 through 1969 we traveled to many out-of-the way places across the Northwest, Midwest and Southwest. While my photographic roots were still forming, I started to develop an appreciation for the diversity in landscape across the country. I purchased my first 35mm camera in 1975 and the rest is history, as they say.
Some of my early forays included extensive road trips through southern Utah with my wife, Diane. My preferred large format camera at the time was an all-metal Calumet rail-type and I had a large (and heavy) wooden tripod that was not compact in any sense. My wife was a real trooper as she would assist me hauling the equipment across the desert terrain or up and down the cliff face. The images I shot during those trips hold some interesting memories.
Whereas my day job is working in Quality and Testing for a major composites manufacturer, my passion is behind the lens .
While I have been much more serious in photography for the past 30 years, I realize that I have only scratched the surface of what is there to capture digitally or on film.
What type of images I capture
My first love has always been landscape photography. I am always looking for the next breathtaking vista, and the southwest is full of more vistas than one person can see in a lifetime. It is also necessary to look for things that can be easily walked past or looked over – the interesting play of light on a boulder field or the juxtaposition of a log fall and undergrowth. I have forayed into still life and abstract and will likely do so in the future, but will always gravitate to sweeping landscape images or intricate nature portraits.
Chasing shadow and light from Arches to Zion and everything in between!
I have used a variety of camera types over the years. My current line-up includes a Mamiya 6x4.5 645AFD with film, a Wista Zone VI 4x5, a privately built 8x10 field camera, a 6x17cm DaYi panorama camera, Canon film (EOS 3) and digital (40D). I don’t have a favorite as every camera is useful in its own way. The use of a high quality product such as Fuji Provia (ASA 50 in particular) can yield exceptional results. Digital images are not better and they are not worse, they are just different.
I scan my film images to a digital file. Once there it is handled much the same as an image captured digitally. Adobe Photoshop and/or Corel help me take the image and present it as I envisioned. Many techniques used in the traditional wet chemistry darkroom can be employed in the digital darkroom, as well as new techniques. I shoot in both black and white and color. Some color images are converted in the digital darkroom to black and white. Some images work in both forms –each delivering a different view and feeling of the moment- and so both are offered. I print my images using a state-of-the-art Canon IPF5000 printer with 12-color Lucia ink on Museo Silver Rag or Innova F-Type paper for a semi-gloss finish like traditional photo paper. I will use Moab Entrada with certain images for a matte finish. The ink and the paper are archival quality. All are offered as signed, open edition prints.
Please visit my gallery and enjoy my photo art. Do not hesitate to email me with questions, comments or suggestions.
William (Bill) Gillam
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