Welcome to Glenn Bzewski Photography, my online portfolio of photographic works. Not until I reached my late 20′s did I discovered the use of photogaphy as my primary method for creative expression. Unlike most people I know starting out in photography during the age of computers and digital sensors, what intrigued me about photography was how photographers like Ansel Adams and others, used film to create some of the worlds most amazing images decades before the advent of computer aided image making.
(Photo by Ryan Hetzel)
In the beginning I was using an old manual 35mm film camera, and most of the time I was taking shots without any contemplation of how I envisioned the final image. Occasionally, I would get a shot that I really liked, but was frustrated at how few and far between those actually were. I wanted to know why some shots came out great and others were mediocre at best. It was then that I dedicated my time to learning the nuances behind the picture taking process and began creating my images.
As my initial influences were landscape photographers, my main focus and passion in photography started out and continues to be landscape photography; however, my move back to the East Coast from California, away from the incredible abundance of natural wonders I’m used to shooting, has prompted the expansion of my photographic work into urban photography. In the future I am looking to expand the scope of my photography to include more of a documentary approach in order to better tell a story in a fashion along the lines of famed photo journalist David Burnett, among others.
In Philadelphia I discovered the Lightroom, a non-profit photographic co-op, which provides members with use of traditional photographic equipment for development, printing, and digitization of both black & white and color film. A readily accessible darkroom has provided me with the ability to have more creative control over the image making process. Traditional photographic printing has had a positive impact on how I approach taking photographs, and opened me up to an entire new world of creative photographic expression.
Stay tuned for postings of new traditional alternative photographic print series!