In From the Light

written by: Nolan Preece

The phone rang. It was the director of St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV informing me that demolition of the darkroom was about to begin. She asked if I wanted to photograph it before it was gone. As a member of the board, I knew this was going to happen, but so soon? The window frames in that room were dry rotting and we had received a grant to replace them. Oliver Gagliani, a close associate of Ansel Adams, had built the darkroom against the windows so demolition was the only way to get them out. I grabbed Read more »

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Erik Lauritzen: A Call to Photograph

written by: Nolan Preece

Throughout the history of art there have been artists who have struggled with chronic illness or addiction. From the Greeks to Van Gogh to Modigliani in more recent times, illness has played a part in the growth and stimulation of artists. Erik M. Lauritzen was one of those courageous artists. A photographer, Erik suffered from polycystic kidney disease his entire life. Erik was born in Illinois in 1953, but later moved to California with his family when his father took a position of Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge in 1960. Both of his parents, Martha and Fred, Read more »


Grams, Grams, Chemograms & Nolangrams

written by: Nolan Preece

Digital photography is now taking on the burden once carried by conventional photography, but artistic exploration will continue with many outdated processes in the years to come. Photography lends itself to producing a multitude of effects difficult to obtain otherwise. Chemistry may be the least explored area when it comes to new image invention without a camera. The popularity of digital capture has pushed photography so far ahead that unexplored processes have been left behind, as was the case in the early days of photography. It is a new day for chemical experimentation in the wet darkroom. My first serious Read more »