TITLE: Water Portraits
Friends and Acquaintances on or near water.
AUTHOR: Nelson Willis (United States)
I first started taking photographs at a young age. My father was an amateur photographer. He traveled the world during the 50s and 60s documenting everything with his Contax rangefinder. He gave me a Voghtlander camera and I started photographing everything.
In High School, I became serious about photography. I saved enough money from my summer job to purchase my first Nikon. In high school, I learned all the darkroom skills that would give me control over my images. I took art history/appreciation classes in high school that gave me an aesthetic grounding. For college, I attended UCLA where I was accepted into The Motion Picture and Television Department. Being a naïve youth, I thought the movies were similar to photography. I was soon informed otherwise.
At UCLA in addition to my other classes, I continue my studies in photography, studying with Robert Heinecken, Todd Walker and Robert Cumming. After university, I pursued a career as a Production Designer in motion pictures and television. In this career, I used the esthetics and skills that I had developed as a photographer.
After my career in motion pictures, I was able to return to my love of creating images with a camera.
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