HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ON A QUIET PRE-SEMESTER SUNDAY

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Door to the Van Duzer Theater at Humboldt State University

Three of us decided to photograph the Humboldt State University campus this morning. We, correctly, figured that the campus would be empty this weekend, and that this would be our last chance to photograph prior to the influx of fall semester students.

I prefer to photograph buildings and landscapes sans people. I do, at times, photograph events, where the people are the subjects, but mostly, I am not that type of “street photographer.” I do admire the works of Vivian Maier, Atget, and Bresson, but I am not of the ilk to work busy streets. I like the pre dawn hours when there is slumber in the air and only a few early birds about.

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About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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