About Me - porter art photos

I live in Chadds Ford, PA and do most of my shooting in my home studio and the surrounding area of the Brandywine Valley.

Brief background: I learned black and white darkroom work many years ago, photographing only for pleasure. As family came and grew, I closed the darkroom and put away my cameras. This might have been the end of the story, however, the digital imaging revolution began. On discovering that a digital camera and Photoshop would allow me to do in color in minutes what took ages in the darkroom in black and white, I returned to photography.

As my wife’s clothing design business grew, I began doing fashion photography for her ads and website. Working with fashion models in the studio setting kindled an interest in arranged compositions which led to my current work in still life. With both models and still lifes, I try to capture beauty in all its guises of shape, texture and color. My inspiration comes from classical painting both in its original form and as interpreted by photographers such as Jan Sudek and Robert Mapplethorpe.

My work can be seen on display at the Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford PA.

Technical stuff: Everybody wants to know what gear people use. Well, I am currently using a Nikon D800, 36 MP 35mm DSLR and 35 mm, 50 mm and 105 mm Nikon lenses. Before that, I shot with a Canon 5D 12 MP DSLR and a variety of Canon lenses. The decision to switch to Nikon was daunting, but the quality and high resolution of the D800 and the lack of a comparable Canon convinced me that a change was in order. I do all my printing on a Canon ipf8300 44” printer, which is fast and reliable (but immensely heavy). Print quality is superb, as I hope you will see for yourself.

Awards

Best Digital Image, Philadelphia Sketch Club PHOTOgraphy 2010, October 2010

First Prize, Philadelphia Sketch Club Photography 2017

Juried Group Shows

The Straube Center, Pennington NJ, Sept-Oct 2007

The Heron Gallery, Aston PA, Nov. 2008

The Artist Project, Chicago IL Dec. 4-7 2008

Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, 75th Annual National Show July-Aug 2010

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA, PHOTOgraphy 2010, October 8-23, 2010

The Artist Project, New York NY March 17-21, 2011

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA PHOTOgraphy 2013, July 7-19, 2013

New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA September 6-28, 2013

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA The Art of the Flower, March 13-27, 2016

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA Photography 2-17, June 25-July 8, 2017

Solo Shows

Montgomery County Community College Arts Center, Blue Bell, PA, Sept 2009