Photographer Highlight: Jerry Uelsmann

A champion photographic montage artist, Uelsmann has been creating multi-image dimensions since the 70's.  Again, predating photoshop by a decade with his darkroom wizardry.  He creates "realities that transcend reality" by sometimes employing the use of 3-10 enlargers for one photograph. On his creative process: "My creative process begins when I get out with the camera and interact with the world. A camera is truly a license to explore. There are no uninteresting things. There are just uninterested people. For me to walk around the block where I live could take 5 minutes. But when I have a camera, it could take five hours. You just engage in the world differently. If you can get to a point where you respond emotionally, not intellectually, with your camera there’s a whole world to encounter. There’s a lot of source material once you have the freedom of not having to complete an image at the camera." (shutterbug.com to read the rest of an interview with him).

Highlights:

Uelsmann on Photoshop use today: "And young people who are learning digital skills discover that the real challenge is coming up with an image that resonates, first of all, with your self and hopefully, with an audience. They can learn all these new techniques and think that they’re easier to use, but creating great images isn’t about the tools. . . I see the incredible options that Photoshop provides. But the bottom line is the technique has to fit with ideas and images. . . It’s equally hard and labor intesive to create an image on the copmuter as it is in a darkroom. Believe me." (shutterbug.com)

Official Jerry Uelsmann Site

His wife, Maggie Taylor, is really talented check her out here: http://www.maggietaylor.com/