I’m Wayne West, my interest in photography began back in my high school days in Phoenix far too long ago. I spent a summer mowing yards to earn money to buy my first camera, a Yashica Mat-124G. I loved that camera, and it is still, in my opinion, one of the best possible cameras for a beginner who is seriously interested in studying photography. Let’s look at the features, shall we? Manual focus. Manual exposure. Fixed 80mm lens. 12 (or 24) exposures. Glorious quality with a 2.5″ square negative. It was a camera that forced you to pay attention to what you were doing, and it could produce fabulous results. A 2.5″ Ektachrome slide is an amazing thing to see, exceeded only by 4×5 and larger transparencies. I still have my first Yashica Mat, but it’s not in working order. More’s the pity.
So why start a web site and show off my work and blather about photography in a blog? I started the web site because I wanted to show some of my work, kind of self-evident. The blog I’m starting because, although there are many good photography blogs out there (like Ken Rockwell’s), I do have observations of my own and some lessons to teach, and this is where I shall grab a soap box and do some pontificating. A few years ago I was at the Valley of Fire near Carrizoza, New Mexico, and I saw a photographic opportunity that was a perfect example of a phrase of Ansel Adams: “Photography is knowing where to stand.” So I shot examples of it. But where to put it? Where to talk about it?
Well, in the words of Lauri Anderson, this must be the place.
We’ll chat more later.