Donald R Anderson
Don’t you love telling your friends about a wonderful trip and showing them all of the places you visited? I do, that is why I make photographs and write about mine.
Do you remember the feelings you have when you experience a beauty that you haven’t seen before? Maybe it is a new place where you have never been or a new way of seeing something that you have looked at many times back. When that happens to me, I want to share it, and that is the reason behind my art.
Growing up in the South, I remember when the occasional snow or ice storm would pass through. The chance to capture sunlight shining through ice and snow covered trees was a rare opportunity.
I enjoyed sharing that then, and I still stop to watch the sun rising over a frost-covered landscape even though I live where ice is more common than back then.
Photography is my medium. I have more experience with it than other media. It is gratifying when a photograph captures my emotions and tells the story of a place and moment in time.
The craft of photography has continuously grown over the past two centuries. Often the old ways continue to coexist with new, and the combination dramatically expands our latitude for creative expression.
As photographers, we have the unique privilege of drawing from the works from masters and pushing beyond using new techniques.
Significant innovations come along every few decades. They make it easier for more people to create works and increase our ability to make more expressive work. That is great because our society needs more artists creating meaningful work.
I was lucky growing up that my dad, a photography enthusiast, built a darkroom in a storage area at our house. I had free run of the lab for developing and printing black-and-white photographs.
We occasionally made photographs for couples who couldn’t afford a wedding photographer and photographs for non-profits.
As a result, film photography holds a special place in my heart. Today I use both analog and digital tools for capturing images and printing.
In 2017 the Muddy Creek Artists Guild, an “intrepid band of roving artists” in southern Maryland gave me the great honor of admitting me to their ranks. It is such a privilege and opportunity to work with a group of incredibly gifted people. I am continually learning new artistic paths to photography from the talented artists.
I am a member of the Bowie Crofton Camera Club. The club talks, contests, and trips have enhanced my craft as a photographer. The experienced photographers in the club continually inspire me to press forward improving my skills.
ScrivenLight is the name of my studio, and this is its website. You can:
This is a great time to be a photographic artist, and I can hardly wait to see what comes over the next decades.
Donald R Anderson