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David Andersen

David Andersen

Smithifield, UT

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I started with black and white. Not that I am so old that I pre-date colored film, but for a high school sophomore photo class, the chemicals for the darkroom were simple and straightforward.

I borrowed my dad's Exakta 35mm camera, which he had years before I was born. It was a wonderful camera. There was a focal circle in the center when looking in the viewfinder through the lens that was split in half horizontally so when the focal ring was rotated to make the image un-split in the center it was then in focus. It had a leather camera case which protected the lens and snapped right to the camera body. I thought this old camera was better than any of the newer ones my classmates used.

I loved the class, and while my classmates were making fake IDs in the darkroom I was making a big photo of a big barn the size of a jolly rancher.

And you would think, that when it came to photography, the rest, as they say, was history.

But it really wasn't.

I don't ever remember picking up the old Exakta after I finished the class. At age 19, I did get an Olympus pocket 35mm camera to take to Finland where I served a mission for my church. There wasn't a lot of time for taking pictures, but I did occasionally snap a few and I was intrigued with trying to pull off night photos. Maybe because all winter long, day or night, it was night. I had all my photos developed into slides. I dug them out a few years back to scan into the computer and though I remember taking great pictures, I found I had very few keepers.

The fire was kindled again when my kids were young and I bought a Pentax SLR. I had dreams of one day having my own darkroom, but the reality was rolls and rolls of spent film which sat in the fridge for months and sometimes years before I would get around to having them developed.

Then in 2005, I bought a Pentax istDS digital SLR so that I could use my old lenses. This is the point where the rest, they say, is history... With the instant feedback of digital, the desktop darkroom, the no-cost disposability of discarded photos and a good friend who mentored me; I flourished in photography. Not in a self-aggrandizing kind of way, but that the desire and learning and creativity continues to grow and flourish.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek, I am glad I can share with you what I enjoy doing and hope you enjoy the fruits of it.

 

The Elegance of Nature by David Andersen

 

Picture Window by David Andersen

 

Branched by David Andersen

 

Bow Lake by David Andersen

 

Dropping Like Leaves by David Andersen

 

Skeletal by David Andersen

 

Winter Spring by David Andersen

 

Misty Window by David Andersen

 

Half a Shoe by David Andersen

 

Payson Temple and the Milkyway by David Andersen

 

Do Not Disturb by David Andersen

 

Light After The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death by David Andersen

 

Moon and Moon by David Andersen

 

Twilight by David Andersen

 

Harbinger by David Andersen

 

Around the Bend by David Andersen

 

Three Teeth, No Bear by David Andersen

 

Ancient Tree by David Andersen

 

Nanny by David Andersen

 

Highlands by David Andersen

 

Weird Balance by David Andersen

 

Mini Jetty by David Andersen

 

Looking Back by David Andersen

 

Mountain Gradations by David Andersen

 

Sherburne by David Andersen

 

Playdough Mountains by David Andersen

 

Breaking the Barrier by David Andersen

 

Little Tracks by David Andersen

 

Inside Out by David Andersen

 

Steam Creek by David Andersen

 

Veiled Hollow by David Andersen

 

Flash Under the Milkyway by David Andersen

 

Block in Blue by David Andersen

 

Spiral Jetty by David Andersen

 

Winding Along the Breach by David Andersen

 

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tock, Tock by David Andersen

 

lil' cones by David Andersen

 

Perspective II by David Andersen

 

The Classic Steam Engine by David Andersen

 

Over the Edge by David Andersen

 

Last Stand by David Andersen

 

I'm Already Gone by David Andersen

 

Salt Flat Sunset by David Andersen

 

Restful Rubble by David Andersen

 

Wriggles by David Andersen

 

The Edge of Night by David Andersen

 

Rings Around the Sun by David Andersen

 

Big Bad Beautiful Badwater Basin by David Andersen